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Your first birthday:
drooling with innocence,
your taste buds numb to anything other than sweets.

Your fifth grade graduation:
a diploma of frosted cake
and glittery stickers confirm your departure.

Your family’s Thanksgiving dinner:
awkward, stiff family reunions,
served with mashed potatoes easing the tension.

Your white Christmas:
crumbling tree shaped cookies and
warm, thick drinks to confirm the season.

Your first day of high school:
uncomfortable nibbling, under a thousand strange eyes,
at the sandwich your mom packed.
.

Your very first date:
leafy greens with dressing on the side,
to eat pretty.

Your morning routine before each day of high school:
a ten foot tall cup of coffee crowded by sugar
to get you through fifth hour.

Your first heart break:
a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked and a king size Hershey bar,
sugar the only constant in your life.

Your wedding day:
frosted cake, fed to you by the one you love
sealing an eternity together.

Your funeral:
family and friends gather around an arrangement
of fruit and chocolate—and the caloric memories you once loved.




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