And so I did this past weekend when, returning to the complex from Sprouts, needing gas, I stopped at a station just off the freeway, near to a new shopping center.
As the pump was going, I glanced around, checking out all the new stores and spotted a sign indicating “Sees” ─ the candy store.
Of course, if I didn’t want to be sick with nausea and stomach pains for three days, the best course after pumping gas would have been to get in the car, head back to the freeway and go home.
Instead, deciding I could handle three days of discomfort, I crossed over to Sees.
I had no idea it was Milk Chocolate Day, but perhaps that fact subliminally drew me to the place.
Not wanting to die, I stayed clear of anything with peanuts (because of the lectin), and settled for less harmful almond buds, pecan buds and chocolate milk patties.
In celebration of Milk Chocolate Day, Sees was giving out a bag of samples with each order, which I dropped the samples off in the Community Room.
I’d planned to put the bag on the counter for whomever came in but, seeing Older Sister, I asked if she could eat candy (some of our residents are diabetic and can’t). She said yes, so I gave her the bag of samples.
Seeing Sees on the bag, Older Sister looked like she’d just struck gold.
Not sharing with the other two ladies seated with her, she quickly looked in the bag, made a mmmm sound, popped one in her mouth, closed the bag and secured it by pulling it close to her breast as though in fear one of the other ladies would take from her.
Did I get sick later?
Okay, a little more than a little, but with Milk of Magnesia and a Probiotic, it's been manageable and should be completely out of my system by Wednesday.
Was the poison worth the pain?
Heck yeah it was.
Will I choose that poison again?
Probably, but not any time soon.