This has nothing to do with writing, other than the fact that I am writing it. I’m so traumatized that I have to share this. Let me give you a little back story. Four years ago I quit smoking. That wonderful/terrible act threw my body into a tailspin. Within a few months my blood sugar issues, that once were periodic, were out of control. It’s a long drawn out story but the short of it is I got the blood sugar under control. The biggest part of that is I gave up sodas, mostly. I used to drink Dr. Pepper like it was water. I can’t believe my kidneys survived this long. It was hard to give it up but I did it. I drink tea and water now. Occasionally I have a soda but I tend to get Coca Cola because I don’t want to be tempted back to old habits and I don’t like it as much as DP.
So, the nightmare. I was being lazy today. I wanted caffeine but I’m not feeling well so I didn’t want to make tea. I decided to have a Dr. Pepper, just half a can. Not only did it make me feel light-headed, but it was disgusting! I couldn’t even finish it. That sickly sweetness made me feel, well, icky. I’m devastated. I feel like I lost an old friend. I’ve always had a love/love relationship with DP but now I don’t even want to smell it. I almost feel like my body betrayed me. Don’t worry about me, I’ll get over it. In all honesty I really like barely sweet tea a lot now. I think I’ll give up Coca Cola too because it was just a rebound thing anyway.
Dear Dr. Pepper, It was great while it lasted. You’ve been a part of my life since I was a child and I will mostly think of you fondly but some relationships were not meant to last. Breaking up is hard to do but I realize now that it’s been over for a long time. It’s time to move on. In the immortal words of Shinedown – “I can’t live in the past and drown myself in memories.” Take care of yourself. I’ll still buy your t-shirts and I still want that fleece blanket with your logo on it.