Monday, December 10, 2012

Eggnog and Other Matters

Discussing seasonality with a Millennial:

"Why can't you buy eggnog year round?"

"Because it's a holiday thing."

"But if you like it so much, why not drink it all year?"

Because life is not about the words but the space around them. Because music is not about the sound but the silence, too. Because eggnog tastes better when you sip it only a few weeks a year.

The lesson is lost, though. This is a generation raised on winter strawberries and music you download instantly and sometimes for free from the Internet. They do not save dimes and quarters and trudge up to Wheeler's Drugstore to buy a single.

For them, there is no time between action and reaction. They don't yet realize that can be the sweetest time of all.

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