Prickly and Pretty

Perhaps I’m drawn to blooms on cactus because I can relate.  At times, I’m out of sorts, sometimes downright cranky.  Yet, even when I’m untouchable, I have qualities that can be admired (if one looks closely enough.)

I wonder if we all aren’t prickly and pretty.  Something to ponder next time I encounter someone who never seems to bloom.

Maybe it’s me who can’t see past the thorns.

32 thoughts on “Prickly and Pretty

  1. Sandra Tyler (@SFiberworks) October 4, 2012 / 4:26 AM

    ONly sometimes cranky? Then you’re a whole lot easier to be around than me:) I can get awfully thorny especially these days as my boys are going to sleep too late and getting up too early, before my first coffee!

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:02 PM

      Well, if I factor in weekend mornings, then I’d be crankier. I’d love to not wake up at 6AM to them fighting 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Sandra!

  2. suzicate October 4, 2012 / 4:30 AM

    Good point to ponder; I”m like that sometimes, too.

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:06 PM

      I’m glad it’s not just me, Suzicate. I’ve been a bit prickly today 🙂

  3. Carl D'Agostino October 4, 2012 / 5:15 AM

    Used to eat cactus apples. Million little black seeds but the white pulp is oh sooo sweet.

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:07 PM

      Huh, I’ve never tried them before, Carl. Sounds like an interesting treat!

  4. mairzeebp October 4, 2012 / 6:34 AM

    The last line was perfect! Loved it! And, I think I may be covered in thorns at times but, I do that to myself really…mostly when I need some quiet time to myself :).

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:08 PM

      I’m glad you could relate, Mairzeebp! I get crankier when I’m bothered too much as well. Some people just don’t get the hint, though 🙂

  5. braintomahawk October 4, 2012 / 6:35 AM

    I agree. Also, cacti are low maintenance – can just be left on their own, just a little TLC once in a while.

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:10 PM

      That’s true, Braintomahawk. Except I think most people are higher maintenance than cacti. (I mean, my kids expect to be fed several times a day. The nerve!)

  6. Debbie October 4, 2012 / 8:00 AM

    Sometimes everybody is cranky. I never thought of that as being like a cactus, but you’re right — it is!

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:15 PM

      As long as we’re not all cranky on the same day, things go okay 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Debbie!

  7. jenniesisler October 4, 2012 / 10:19 AM

    This is such a great metaphor! I never thought of it that way, but I suppose it’s true of all living things – we can be prickly or nasty but underneath it all we are all beautiful.

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:18 PM

      I’m often intrigued by chronically cranky people. I want to know why; what caused them to become that way. That being said, I can’t tolerate long periods of time with that type- they zap the energy right out of me. I’m glad you stopped by today, Jennie!

  8. nrhatch October 4, 2012 / 12:21 PM

    Every rose has its thorns! They’re almost as prickly as cactus! Lovely post, Janna.

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:22 PM

      Well, if we’re comparing cactus to roses, I think roses win 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing your comment, Nancy. (Now I’ve got Poison’s 1980s song, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” in my head.)

  9. pattisj October 4, 2012 / 5:04 PM

    Now that’s a unique way to look at a cactus, and oneself. Nicely done.

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:24 PM

      Thanks, Patti! The way I’ve been the last couple days, my husband would probably say my blooms have all been picked 🙂

  10. Imelda October 4, 2012 / 6:36 PM

    Those flowers deserve a lot of kudos – they bloom amidst the thorns. If only that is true of us humans.

    As for me, I am prickly, I do not know about pretty. 🙂

    • jannatwrites October 4, 2012 / 10:30 PM

      I think many of us humans could take a lesson from the blooming cacti, Imelda. Of course I’ve not met you, but I’ve read your blog posts for a while now. I’ve seen your heart and I can say that yes, you are pretty. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. diannegray October 5, 2012 / 12:16 AM

    Beautiful metaphor, Janna.

    I’m a bit of a cactus myself (but I do seem to bloom a lot) 😀

    • jannatwrites October 9, 2012 / 8:00 AM

      Haha! The thorns can’t be all that bad if you bloom a lot, Dianne 🙂

  12. Ollin October 5, 2012 / 12:07 PM

    I loved this Janna! So, sorry I haven’t been around more. Great stuff!

    • jannatwrites October 9, 2012 / 8:01 AM

      It has been a while, Ollin. Glad you stopped by and enjoyed this post 🙂

  13. GodGirl October 6, 2012 / 1:20 AM

    Great analogy Janna. We so often tend to categorize people in such black and white ways rather than looking for their potential, or trying to understand why they’re particularly prickly. Really good food for thought.

    • jannatwrites October 9, 2012 / 8:02 AM

      There are usually unhealed wounds or tender scars behind nasty behavior (not always, though.) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comment, God Girl!

  14. GodGirl October 6, 2012 / 1:24 AM

    Sorry, think I commented twice!

    • jannatwrites October 9, 2012 / 8:04 AM

      I deleted the duplicate, God Girl. It happens sometimes!

  15. pattyabr October 7, 2012 / 9:21 PM

    I had a prickly connection today, the flower was there amongst the cacti, briefly.

    • jannatwrites October 9, 2012 / 8:05 AM

      I’m glad you caught a glimpse of the bloom, Patty. Too bad it didn’t last longer.

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