I think it’s only fair to issue a warning to people likely to be in my path.

I’ve given up sugar. 

I mean — candy.  I’ve given up candy.

Well — not all all candy.  Just anything with the word gummy in it, or that comes in primary or tropical colors. 

I am still allowing myself an occasional piece of chocolate.  Organic dark chocolate truffles from Whole Foods and Ghiradelli dark chocolate white mint squares are permitted.

But as I said — gummy anything, Dots, Jujubes, Skittles, and — oh god, I can’t believe I’m doing this — Jelly Bellies — are out.  

This includes licorice pastels and of course, Good & Plenty — all the way g-o-n-e.  Bye-bye.  (sniff)  Mike and Ikes, too — and Good & Fruity — if they ever come back from the dead.  (oh, how I have missed them)

But thankfully I still have One Day at a Time — unless I’m mistaken and that’s a new name for a gorgeous colored shot of sugar. 

It’s been, let’s see — when did my boss receive that case of Belly Flops?  Seems like a year ago.  But yeah, probably more like six days.  Six beastly days without even a lick of a Tootsie Pop.

But I’m ok.  Really — don’t worry about me — and hey, no matter how bad you feel for me, how  much you want to help me through this —

Don’t you dare throw me a Lifesaver.

But if you did — hypothetically speaking, of course —  could you make it cherry?


(I love you forever.)

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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