29 July 2009
"Stop Smackin' That Gum"
Those words reverberate in my head every time I even think of putting a stick of gum in my mouth. Gum chewing wasn't something that we did growing up in our house...at least we didn't want to get caught doing the chewing.
When I was really young, I was invited to a birthday party where the prize given for blowing the largest bubble with bubblegum was a beautiful pin wheel with a tube of colorful candy for the stick. Remember those? Of course, my ability at chewing or blowing gum was pretty limited with the rules of our household. I didn't win the prize but went home vowing that next year, I was going to have that pinwheel! I convinced my brother it was a good idea...don't we all need a cohort in crime? We would hunt for pennies on the street, under sofa cushions, anywhere we could find those shiny copper numbers that would get me closer to my goal. Once found, off to the local Five & Dime where we would put our grubby little hands into the jar and pull out some pink chewy goodness wrapped in blue and yellow paper.
"Stop smackin' that gum!" continually echoed from the next room as we would blow bubbles right and left trying to be as quiet as we could. Kids don't think of cavities at that age.
I'm here to tell you that I did win the pinwheel the next year..shared it with my cohort....and to this day, can still blow a mean bubble. Now I'm thinking this talent could have been put to some very good use...who ever would have thought you could create art with bubblegum?