Gum, that is - not tobacco. This isn't going to be a judgmental post, (I don't chew gum) just another observation. It will sound judgmental because I don't really like to see people chewing gum. I really don't like to see the gum they are chewing either. Or HEAR it.
I remember as a kid asking mom for gum. She always had it in her purse but I don't recall ever seeing her chew it - back then anyway. Remind me to tell you of her "chewing period" later. Don't forget.
Mom would never give us a whole stick of gum. We'd always get a half and it was always Doublemint. There was an older lady (probably in her early 50's, ha!) that lived around the corner from us that would give me a whole stick. I liked her a lot.
As I grew older my selection widened to Juicy Fruit, Spearmint and BlackJack. Remember that one? Didn't really like the taste so much but really liked molding it to my front teeth. What a hoot, eh?
Fast forward many years. Sign Language interpreters don't chew gum. So, I stopped. I don't think I was an avid chewer anyway so it wasn't a big deal.
I also always had my mom's words in the back of my head "she looks like a cow chewing her cud." Nice.
Honestly, it's like looking at someone who is perpetually eating; jaws in constant motion.
I saw a bridesmaid chewing while doing the wedding march down the aisle. Yuck.
How about the snapping? I remember trying to learn how to snap my gum as a kid. That was so cool. Now when I hear someone doing that I just want to . . . well, that would sound really judgmental if I went further, wouldn't it? And violent.
Back to mom: you didn't remind me - I reminded myself. Neener, neener, neener. In case you forgot, mom was all about the "cow" thing so it really threw me for a loop when she stopped smoking (yea, mom!) and was all over gum. Her jaws were doing double time and the noise. Yikes! Thankfully that didn't last long.
So if you're chewing gum the next time we meet don't swallow it in embarrassment. Wouldn't want you to choke. I'll just look the other way until we finish our conversation.
BTW - I know you're reading this - why don't you leave a comment? I notice hardly anyone leaves me a "howdy." Come on. Type a little something. I love the whole interaction thing. Give it a shot.
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