Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hubba Bubba People

Are you among the Hubba Bubba people?

My friend Richard and I used to ride our bikes to the local convenience store and buy as much candy as we could carry. Then, we would stuff as many pieces of bubble gum into our mouths as we could, just short of choking. Not those wimpy sticks, mind you, but the jumbo blocks of gum as big as your fist. Grape was my favorite. The giant mass of purple, rubbery sweetness pushing our saliva glands to maximum warp. Mmmmm boy.

Sadly, the bliss was fleeting. Our taste buds, like hundreds of of tiny pink vampires, desanguinated the helpless blob within minutes, and we found ourselves chomping on silly putty. When our jaws began to cramp in protest, we would eject the lifeless glob and reach for a fresh pack.

I experience this Hubba Bubba phenomenon with other things in life now -- more sophisticated, adult things. Friendships, churches, books, worship music, goals. I consume them, and when they seemingly lose their flavor, I reach for a fresh fix. Sadly, I seldom "chew" them long enough to discover that after the initial rush of pleasure is gone, something far greater is released from them. Even when I do discover this, I still find myself longing for that shocking jolt of sweetness I get from new things. I'm still a Hubba Bubba person.

Lord, help my taste buds to grow up.


Blogger The Bearded said...

Although I'm not a Hubba Bubba type of guy, I can relate.

When I was a kid (...and dinosaurs still roamed the planet...), my friends and I would go hiking on Forest Service land which was located just beyond our nextdoor neighbors' property line. Although we would often go back to the same locale, we began venturing down new roads and mapping out conquered lands (yes, I was a geography nerd at a very early age).

Like you, I still get that thrill from experiencing the 'newness' of place, of friends, of life. It's a trait largely absent in American culture--the 'richness' of life that those in other countries experience from knowing family and friends for a lifetime.

Great post.

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