Lately I’ve been chewing a lot of gum because I have a constant tickle in my throat that causes me to cough and gum keeps me swallowing which prevents me from coughing so much.
My sister Deb was over last week and we started sharing childhood stories with one another and the memory of our gum-sharing experience surfaced. Deb is two years younger than I am so we shared almost everything as children; a room, clothes, friends, toys and gum. Deb always chewed her gum softly so the flavor always stayed in it and I always chewed my gum briskly and the gum quickly became flavorless. Since Deb’s gum always had plenty of flavor, for some odd reason she would trade her already chewed gum with me. I know it sounds gross but it wasn’t to us. We’d even save our already chewed gum on our bedposts for weeks and chew it daily before throwing it away.
Kelly is grossed out by gum. Being a nurse she doesn’t really get grossed out by much but when one of her brothers would put their gum on the side of their dinner plate growing up, she would freak out.
I’ll bet now that she has Harrison she’ll probably be able to handle a little chewed gum now and then.