Thorn bushes can really be a nuisance! I have vivid memories of getting scratched “cutting through” bushes as a kid. When you consider the thorn, it is kind of interesting. Plants with thorns probably evolved that way as a defense mechanism against plant eating animals.
Thorns were used as tools by primitive cultures and I am sure they probably inspired the invention of barbed wire. You can use thorns bushes to your advantage. You can plant them around a vegetable garden to keep animals out and under windows as a natural security system. I am not a vengeful person but I enjoy the thought of a bad guy getting all scratched up trying to brake in!
Thorns are a powerful metaphor for the universal irritations and discomforts in life. Do you have a “thorn in your side”? We all have our challenges, don’t we?! My advise? Try to avoid these bushes, or if you cannot, wear gloves and transplant them where they will be useful. Also if you happen to encounter someone with a torn stuck in their paw, do help them pull it out!
Andy and the Lion (Picture Puffins) by James Daugherty: In this retelling of Androcles and the Lion, Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw (Amazon description).