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Re: Was Yucky veggies... now smoking

Yeah, Melody, me too at 14.

Dixie Samples, who was a half-year ahead of me in school, and who was a real carnivore, bought them for me. Lucky Strikes, 25 cents--an amount equal to one day's lunch money--for a pack of 20. "Lucky Strike green 'had gone to war'" a few years earlier, so this was the white package that doesn't appear to have changed much since then.

When I got home from school on the day Dixie delivered, I went around the corner and sat on the curb of a street that ran parallel to the one I lived on. I took the pack out of my pocket, nervously ripped the cellophane from it, tore the tin-foiled paper open, and froze. Probably guilt.

Remember the proper way to tear a pack of cigs open? There was a tax stamp across the proximate middle of the top. And the cool thing to do was take care to leave the tax stamp pristine while ripping out the tin-foil paper on either side of it [but, God forfend, not both], then thunking the pack on your hand until butt popped out.

My father smoked like a stove--two, three packs a day for 70 years. My mother did not smoke; she thought it was a male thing and women who smoked were loose or worse. My mother had peculiar opinions about a lot of things--including how one should cook vegetables.

Sitting on the curb, I finally took a deep breath and knocked a butt out of the pack. Remember that move? You hit the top of the pack against the side of your hand between your thumb and index finger. The force of the hit knocked at least one cig free and accessible.

All my peers and, indeed, conventional wisdom, said my first cigarette would make me nauseous. So it was with some trepidation that I put one in my mouth, struck a match, placed the flame at the end of the weed, and sucked.

And then inhaled. It did not make me nauseous. Rather, It made me feel good. The male rite of passage [probably] kicked in.

It would take nearly 30 years for me to quit the first time.

On Wednesday, December 15, 2004, at 12:45 AM, Melody wrote:

I smoked my first cigarette at age 14 and within a couple of months I
was hooked. I constantly tell my kids it was the single stupidest moment
of my life...being too afraid to look uncool in front of these
"friends"...rarely a day goes by anymore that I don't regret being a
smoker and I can't tell you how many times I've tried to quit...sigh.
It's truly the one thing in my life where I feel like a failure. :-(

Melody Hobert-Mellecker Director, Stewardship & Religious Education St. Joseph's Parish, Hills, IA

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 12/14,  < gardenqueen@academicplanet.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: gardenqueen@academicplanet.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 19:05:05 -0600
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Was Yucky veggies... now smoking

I know Jim. It's the dumbest thing I do every day. <br><br>Pam
Evans<br>Kemp, TX<br>zone 8A<br>----- Original Message -----<br>From:
james singer<br>Sent: 12/14/2004 6:04:16 PM<br>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: [CHAT] Was Yucky veggies... now
smoking<br><br>Yucky veggies are better for your health than smoking is.
If your <br>health is important to you, that is. If it's not, you might
consider <br>the words of that famous Oklahoma sage Mickey Mantle: "If
I'd known I <br>was going to live this long, I'd'a taken better care of
myself."<br><br>Tobacco is the most addictive substance our society has
discovered so <br>far. Period. You might be suckered into believing all
that <br>sanctimonious crap about cocaine and heroin and morpheme and
marijuana, <br>but it's our government's endorsed tobacco that it's real
danger. It <br>will debilitate you before it kills you, and it will
surely kill you.<br><br><br>On Tuesday, December 14, 2004, at 01:00 PM,
"" <br><gardenqueen@academicplanet.com> wrote:<br><br>> Well ever since
Elaine's mom passed in May - she's been hitting me hard<br>> and heavy
w/ this stuff. Her husband finally caved and quit a month <br>>
ago,<br>> but she can't nag me 24/7 likes she does him. My parents have
been<br>> nagging me for over 20 years but I learned to ignore them at
an early<br>> age....<br>><br>><br>><br>> Pam Evans<br>> Kemp, TX<br>>
zone 8A<br>> ----- Original Message -----<br>> From: Zemuly Sanders<br>>
Sent: 12/14/2004 7:33:52 AM<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Subject:
Re: RE: [CHAT] now yucky veggies! NOW Smoking<br>><br>> Me, too. My
grandchildren can really lay on the guilt. I'll be trying<br>> again
very soon.<br>> zem<br>> ----- Original Message -----<br>> From:
"Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com><br>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>> Sent:
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 7:10 AM<br>> Subject: Re: RE: [CHAT] now
yucky veggies!<br>><br>><br>>> Yeah: our kids are begging us to quit
smoking...doing the major guilt<br>>> trip thing. So, I'm probably
headed there myself again soon, too

Pam.<br>>> Woo boy!<br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>> Melody
Hobert-Mellecker<br>>> Director, Stewardship & Religious Education<br>>>
St. Joseph's Parish, Hills, IA<br>>><br>>> "The most beautiful thing we
can experience is the mysterious."<br>>> --Albert Einstein<br>>><br>>>
--- On Tue 12/14, < gardenqueen@academicplanet.com > wrote:<br>>> From:
[mailto: gardenqueen@academicplanet.com]<br>>> To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>>> Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 06:12:31 -0600<br>>>
Subject: Re: RE: [CHAT] now yucky veggies!<br>>>
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