the perfect pairing

7 May

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few taste buds can distinguish food city’s stock from weigels’,
or guess the time each cup has been living on aisle three.
only a handful alive can tell the season’s changing by the distribution of chocolate on thumb and index finger.

but my momma can.

it’s a mad science and a sweet, sticky art: this reese’s tasting game.

and she taught me everything i know.

after soccer, between errands, shuffling sisters to and fro,
between beeps of the grocer’s gun, we would share a side-eyed smile.
as the package slipped stealthily on the belt, she’d say with a wink,
“no need to bag that. we’ll take it from here.”

never a treat, but a duty,
our taste-testing endeavors spanned years of growing up,
a serious commitment to time together and the art of a long-term laugh.

from k-mart to kroger, no cup was safe.
all must be tasted, tested, treasured.

to date, our findings remain hidden,
locked away where only inside jokes may enter,
in a shack on the kiwanis’ adopted highway.

the job is never done, this we know in our deep sugared bones.
just yesterday, rumors reached me of a strange occurence,
a kentucky man found jelly in his cup,
a blasphemous invasion of all things p.b.c.

should this claim need further investigation,
i have a team to recommend.
in fact, i think we’d better start training our taste buds again, right away,
just in case.

happy mother’s day to my mentor, the master maker of reasons-to-buy-chocolate, and my favorite partner in all things laugh-until-you-cry.

i love you, mom.

7 Responses to “the perfect pairing”

  1. Mom May 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    so now it is cry until you laugh. you touch my heart dear girl…from the adopted highway to judging the delicate melding of pb & chocolate…you are the very best partner. thank you and i love you – always have, always will.
    what a great gift are your words to me!

    • dearabbyleigh May 8, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      we just laughed for 10 minutes about the kiwanis. great joke :).

      love you! wish we were with you today!

  2. Emily Rose May 8, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    what a loving written tribute to Mom! nice work, first born :)

    • dearabbyleigh May 8, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      it’s getting harder and harder to show you up!

  3. Mom May 8, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    How old does an highway have to be before you tell it that it’s adopted?

    • dearabbyleigh May 8, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      haha. it’s:

      “How do you know when it’s the right time to tell a highway it’s adopted?”

      “When it says – ‘Hey! I don’t look like the Kiwanis Club!'”

  4. Mom May 8, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Remembered the second line but couldn’t phrase the first one. Only half forgetful so far!

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