I am not writing about that no siree. I am writing about feeling old. First let me say “My name is Gladys and I’m a sugar-holic.” (This is the part were you guys say “Hi Gladys”) You see I took me and Kahuna completely off of sweets about 6 weeks ago. I have had notta, none, zip, zero zilch sugar other than what is in water and cardboard. Wait is there sugar in cardboard? Any how we have had none. We have eaten nothing but cardboard, shoe leather and drank swamp water. You should try it. It is a very cleansing diet. We ate nothing that had even passed by the sugar canister, until yesterday.
How, you ask did you fall off the wagon? I was attacked by acute hunger pains and the only thing to eat was cake. You don’t believe me? Well, that is my story and I am sticking to it. I can pass up almost anything but cake is my kryptonite, my Achilles heel and my downfall. It was the cake that did me in.
We managed somehow to get the graduate into our vehicle and proceed to follow her husband in another vehicle. Now I must stop here and tell you the University of California at Santa Barbara is a gorgeous campus. It is on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is also home to about 20,000 full time students plus faculty and administrative staff. All of which converge on the THUNDERDOM for graduation services. Yes, I said THUNDERDOM. Why do I capitalize that word? Can you say it any other way? Oh and no Mel Gibson was not in the THUNDERDOM nor was Tina Turner. I was highly disappointed but I digress. We had to park five hundred million miles away from the actual ceremonial grounds and hoof it. (Remember I’m in heels. I told you I dressed up). We let the graduate out at the light so she could just scuttle across the street. Then we found our remote parking spot and went in search of the rest of our party. Once we found our graduate we learned that she had forgotten her sash. Why is it at any important event something is always forgotten? Luckily Lulu’s boyfriend saw it hopped on his trusty skateboard and wheeled it right on over to us. Yes from the same apartment from which we drove. All was right in the graduate’s world and so it was with us.
We made our way to the center stage and looked for a seat. We looked out over the row upon row of chairs and decided instead to stand in the shade for awhile. We watched as the graduates entered.
Kahuna grabbed my hand and we hiked the two hundred and seventy five million miles back to our vehicle with our newly graduated scholar in tow. We returned to her and Techman’s matchboxed size apartment and changed once again in to shorts and t-shirts. Then it was time to eat. Only not knowing our new dietary habits they had nothing but scrumptious sandwiches surrounded in yeasty doughy white bread. They had lovely salty corn chips and rivers of salsa. I held myself back. I ate only a little bit of salad and scraped the guacamole off of one sandwich and picked the cheese and mushrooms from another. Kahuna was equally as hungry and he dove into the pile of sandwiches not bothering with removing the bread. I looked at him and he said the magic words “one won’t hurt you.” My blood sugar was a little low. I was feeling a bit puny. Yes I needed something of substance and just a little bit of bread wouldn’t kill me, would it? I picked and pulled and nibbled feeling just a wee bit guilty. I justified it with the fact I had eaten nothing all day. I finally reconciled it within my own pea brain. I had been saving up calories and carbs not to mention the sugar molecules from all the many weeks that I had none. I could afford this. I mean it was like I had been banking my daily allotment by eating cardboard and drinking water. So I made a withdrawal from the First National Carb Bank and ate bread.
The grown children came outside and inspected their near sugar induced comatose mother and smiled. They looked at one another slapped high fives and said “who is up for beer pong?” They then spent the next several hours engaged in either pong or imbibing in other means of alcoholic frivolity until it was finally time for Kahuna and I to leave the night to the young. I remember saying to my mate as I laid my head on the pillow “those kids are going to be hung-over tomorrow”.
The morning dawned and the light shown through the blinds to our 1980’s décor hotel room at the no-tell motel. My right eye opened and took in the day smiling smugly to myself that my children would all be feeling the effects of a night of swilling the spirits. Then I felt it, that familiar pang. I felt that pressure behind my eyes and the knife in my head. I felt the swirl of the room and the desire for copious quantities of water, aspirin and greasy food and in that order. I had a full blown hang over. I had a sugar hang over. I again thought of my alcohol consuming offspring and that they must be experiencing the same symptoms. I got showered and dressed, very gingerly I might add. Kahuna immediately got me my requirements and called the children. I smiled my knowing smile. I listened while he inquired as to their health and general well being. Then he smiled that knowing smile. He looked at me with that superior grin and said “nope not a one of them is hung-over, just you.” That is how I knew I was no longer young. My youth was gone. I can no longer ingest the magical crystal known as sugar without feeling 102 years old and hung over.