Chewing gum takes me back to a time in my youth (think tween to teenage years) where I felt a teeny tiny bit invincible. A bit of swagger in my step, and ready to see what unfolds is how I felt then and how I feel now when I pop a piece of delectable chicle in my mouth.
If I go with that feeling and let my imagination run wild, it seems that anything is possible in my bilingual world.
I don’t chew gum as often as I used to when I was younger and now when I do, I do it on the down-low simply because I don’t want to share. Yup, that’s right, I don’t want to share my gum with you or anyone else. Go get your own! Don’t judge me, I live with a 1-year-old child, a 4 year-old child, and a 34-year-old husband. I have to share so much throughout the day that sometimes there is nothing left for me.
On the rare occasion that I get a moment to myself, I like to use it to do something special just for me. I can’t jet off to Hawaii, sometimes a long luxurious bath is even too much to ask for, but I can connect to my younger, invincible, imaginative, positively-inclined-self by just unwrapping a piece of Trident Layers gum (right now I’m partial to the green apple and golden pineapple flavor). There is something soothing about the initial burst of flavor and workin’ my jaw like a teenager.
One of my favorite times to see what unfolds with Trident is when I’m driving. The kids are strapped in the back; technically I’m not alone, but I turn on the radio, play music from my youth and chew some Trident. You could say I’m flashing back to the past, but it makes me feel so very happy in the NOW.
How do you treat yourself to a little something special?