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Friday, June 11, 2010

Stuck in the Gooey Gumdrops

Candyland is not always a game for children. Just ask Meghan who has been stuck in the gooey gooey gumdrops for some time now ... and with all this summer heat, they're getting gooier than ever, and the blue ones are getting particularly aggressive and ever so melty. They're threatening to take over and make her life messy, as blue gumdrops have been known to do at times.

Yeah, things are getting very gooey .... and with no yellow card in sight, Meghan fears she might be stuck in the gumdrops forever. Yet she knows that when it comes right down to it, we're all stuck somewhere we don't want to be and we just gotta tell ourselves stories to get through it. People keep telling her she's damn lucky that she still has gumdrops to be stuck in .... but Meghan's just not feeling the luck of the stuck. She knows that given the rising heat index, she's probably headed for a meltdown. But she thinks of that box of Crayolas she left in the car as a kid and tries to remain hopeful anyway, wondering what gorgeous new color her life will take on once all the melting is done.

If there's one thing she's learned from cleaning her tiny apartment, it's that things get a lot messier before they get neat again. It's just what happens when you pull all the guts out of everything and look at it up close with a sense of clarity that only comes when doing deep, deep cleaning. And Meghan's ready for a little tidiness again, even if it means that things get very, very messy first.

Meghan is hanging out on the counter inside the ladies room at Tokyo Sushi at 1499 Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale. She's on a little pedestal, waiting for her yellow card. Someone should go and rescue her from the gooey gooey gumdrops in her mind. She's on a pretty big tile, but you shouldn't be afraid to carry her out. If you are, then take a bag .... a sticker on the back assures that she belongs to the person who finds her and loves her enough to rescue her from the gooey gooey gooey gumdrops.

Not that Meghan's asking for help. She would never do that ... but getting unstuck is sometimes hard work. Sometimes all of your friends must come together and pull and pull and pull till your feet suddenly become free of the gumdrop muck and everyone falls to the ground and starts laughing, and they're all completely covered in gooey gooey gumdrops, and you realize you're really not alone after all.