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Topic: Sweet to the Taste( 08/23/12)
My Sweet, Sweet Friend
By Laura Hawbaker
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How I love you. I want you every day and sometimes I think I need you every day.
You smooth the sharp edges of bitterness, you sweeten sourness. You pick me up when I am down.
I like to always have you around. When you are gone, I look for you. Sometimes I find you at the neighbor’s, but usually I just make sure you never completely leave my house.
You have an interesting history. The emperor of Persia called you, “reed which gives honey without bees.” The Crusaders named you “sweet salt” and Great Britain enslaved many men over you and called you “white gold”. At first you visited only in the homes of the wealthy, demanding a high price for your friendship, but now even the poorest of common folk enjoy your presence.
I have had a long relationship with you. You were part of my childhood, probably even my infancy. I like to think my relationship with you has matured over the years. As a child I liked the light and fluffy side of you, indiscriminately meeting with you, indulging in your pleasantness any chance I had. Now I am more careful. Sometimes I limit our encounters; occasionally I even refuse your courting. But I always invite you back, loving your sweetness, the way you make me feel.
Lately, I have heard some bad press about you. Doctors say you cause decay and disease and that you are addictive. You? My pure, sweet friend? You come from a plant after all! What can be more natural than that?
I must admit hanging around you too much makes me sluggish and heavy. And the way you keep wooing me, I wonder if I am addicted to you. Health professionals suggest I kick you completely out of my life. I nearly panic at the thought. Life without you? How boring, how bland!
I go to the Book. What does the Master say about you? You aren’t specifically mentioned in the Book, but your liquid counterpart certainly is. The Wiseman agrees that you are good and sweet, but he does warn that too much of you will make me throw up. Oh, dear, maybe those doctors are right. But then he also mentions that I can enjoy you in limited portions, “just as much as is sufficient for me…”
So, my dear sweet, sweet friend, our relationship is safe. Unless the doctor or God gives me a very clear and definite, “Thou shalt not” I am keeping you in my life. It is a struggle to keep our relationship casual; you always have so much more to offer! But I choose to invite your friendship from time to time, because, sugar—sweet, sweet sugar, I love you so!
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