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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: Popcorn, Till Death Do Us Part
By PamFord Davis


Young love is sensual, bringing gratification with each lingering goodnight kiss. I am not intentionally suggestive, just revealing personal experience. As I retrieve memories of dating from way back when, one fact remains clear as crystal; it involved all my senses.

Guys might not realize the intensity of pleasure they provided. First, many were easy on the eyes. A fresh haircut implied he looked forward to our date as much as I did. His selection of a colorful shirt and Wranglers, or dark suit, shirt and tie left a big impression on me. One steady date and I wore matching madras plaid shirts, guess that dates me in my saga.

I snuggled up close to get a better position for aromatherapy. Long before it became trendy or big business a splash of Old Spice, Aqua Velva, English Leather, Canoe or Brut helped me to sit back and relax. The time spent with my head on his shoulder came with repeated deep whiffs of manly fragrance.

The romantic voice of an admirer at the other end of the phone made my heart flutter. Some conversations spanned time linking the closing of one day to the rising of the sun. Three little words transported me to springtime and apple blossoms. “You’re my sweetie!”

Holding hands became an art form and I would love to sign up for an art appreciation refresher course. There were many ways to hold hands. Beginners advanced to firm holding with fingers intertwined. The Cadillac of handholding involved caressing of the hand.

I must not neglect to mention the taste test. Kisses came in many flavor varieties. Many left behind a refreshing taste of minty mouthwash or Lavoris cinnamon. I’m not knocking Listerine or Dr Tichner’s, but that antiseptic shocked the taste buds.

I routinely judged chewing gum. Do you remember that juicy kiss when a date chewed Juicy Fruit gum, sugar rush after Double Bubble bubblegum, Black Jack licorice, Chiclets mint, or zesty Dentyne chewed as a precaution against halitosis? Most people are loyal to a brand of chewing gum. I tagged each with their distinctive taste sensation.

Popcorn won first place in my kiss taste test; each bag or bowl led me closer to the aisle. My young man placed popcorn at the top of his snack favorites. Our dates often included matinee viewings in dimly lit movie theatres or rendezvous at drive-ins. He first detoured to the concession stand to buy popcorn and soda. Each tender kiss tasted like melted butter with a generous topping of salt. I guess it became addictive; I could not get enough!

We’re old folks now; we don’t get out much anymore. He lingers over popcorn servings from large salad bowls, relaxing in front of the television. One eye is on the TV screen, the other on his popcorn target. The western hero wins in the chase scene, and my hero munches on a handful of microwave delight. The sun sets in the west; we’ll meet at the pass for popcorn goodnight kisses. Popcorn, till death do us part

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AnneRene' Capp07/22/10
This is SO adorable, filled with humor and memories alike. I'm not just still smiling as I write this...I am grinning and probably look like a close second the the Cheshire Cat! Thank you for this uplifting and lighthearted refreshment.
Kate Oliver Webb 07/24/10
I like this--the writing is good, the trip down memory lane is heart-warming and tender. I must say, however, that this covered a number of senses, so it ends up not being precisely "on topic." Picky of me, I know. I would have enjoyed having the "taste" thought expanded, and less of the other senses. Just my POV.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/10
I so enjoyed this kissing experience with you (wait that sounded wrong). But you did a great job describing the different tastes of a kiss, it brought memories flooding back to my mouth. The coffee drinker or the absolute worse was the smoker, pleasant memories came back as well. This is a sign of good writing if you can pull the reader in and make your story a part of mine.
Nancy Sullivan 07/29/10
This is a "been there, done that" memory. Congratulations on your HC.
God Bless.
Shellie Bailey07/30/10
I loved this! Great job.