Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cherry 7up

When I was a child and my mother would abandon me at the pool, bad things would happen. (And yet, she kept on leaving me...sometime I'll tell you about the time they tried to ditch me in San Diego.)
The first time I was stung by a bee it wasn't even the bees fault. I stepped on it. I'm sure the bee was not happy, but having a stinger in the bottom of my foot made me, poor abandoned me, hysterical.
One of the kind teenage lifeguards took me into their staff room and gave me a cherry 7up while he called my mom.
I never really drink 7up, much less cherry flavored, but I bought some the other day and it is like a soothing tonic. I'm drinking some right now and it's fantastically calming.
Funny how those childhood experiences stay with us.

13 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmm.....cherry 7up sounds so good!!! I will have to go to the grocery store and get some.

    Is this an excuse for me to buy more HPTS???

    ReplyDelete
  2. When you got stung by the bee, did they slap baking powder on your foot? 'Cause that's what my mom did to me. I suspect she might be a little nuts. Not sure.

    ReplyDelete
  3. My mom put baking powder on my bee sting too! I got stung on the very top of the head though- which made the soupy baking powder gunk much much more embarrassing...


    flat coke is my soothing balm- when I was nauseous my mom would give it to me. worked like a charm, think it had anything to do with the sugar? ;o)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love those childhood memories that are still so strong. Although I'm sorry about the bee in the foot - owie!

    I'm so jealous of your cherry 7up. It's one of the things that mysteriously hasn't made it across the border, at least out west. I've never even heard of it. But it sounds so yummy!

    I'm glad you're taking care of yourself this way - I often find that treating myself like a little girl, or finding that little girl in me and reaching out to her, can be really grounding when life is difficult. Those nurturing foods or treats or activities can really help calm me down. Sounds like it's the same for you.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yeah and something as simple as a Cherry 7Up or a song can bring that memory rushing forward as though it were only yesterday. I got stung once too - we have that in common, BUT - my mom never tried to ditch me in san Diego (LOL). I am writing this and praying to the gods that that was/is a joke. Holy Cow! It's funny even if its not supposed to be.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hmmmm, makes me want to go buy one right now and slurp it down.

    I actually bought some beer the other night that is chillin in my fridge in anticipation of the 92 degree day.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I was stung on the foot when a bee was hanging around on the back seat of my mom's car. We nearly wrecked when I let out the scream from hell. Bt I didn't even get a cherry 7-Up out of the deal.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have the same feelings of calmness and comfort when I drink Orange Crush soda - Yum, makes me want to crank up some Diana Ross or Bee Gee's, throw on my dove satin shorts with the matching shirt of course , roller skates and be a kid again.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Cherry 7up also reminds me of my childhood. I can't find it here! No fair!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm like that with malted milk balls.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hmm, cherry 7up is like one of my favorite things from childhood. My husband laughs at me because if I ever drink it now he says I get this little smiley happy look on my face that's hilarious. What can I say, great minds think alike!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I didn't even know they made cherry 7-up. Are you making that up? Maybe they just don't sell it where I live.

    My cousin and I once stepped on an underground bees nest while at our summer place at the lake. Because we were clearly dumb children, instead of running into the nearby lake, we ran all the way back to our camp. The bees were inside our clothes stinging us the entire time. THEN we went in the lake. My grandmother's "miracle treatment" was to put meat tenderizer on us. Thankfully, our parents returned before she barbecued us on the grill. (It didn't help the bee stings much, by the way.)

    ReplyDelete
  13. And now, I am on a quest to find it. It will be really weird if it exists, and I just never noticed before.

    I kinda want to wake DH up to see if he's ever heard of it. I bet he'd kill me if I did that, though.

    ReplyDelete