I was leaving work on Friday when I passed a girl on the sidewalk handing out Mentos. I’ve never really been a fan so I didn’t think much of it. But, then I heard a woman ask if they were free and it struck me as odd. Did she really expect to run across a girl selling Mentos on a street corner? What an odd occupation. I doubt a lot of people suddenly become aware of their horrid breath while waiting for the walk sign and think “I need a mint right this instant! If only someone was selling them on the corner. I can’t be bothered to walk half a block to the nearest pharmacy” (side note- what is with all the pharmacies in Chicago? I have never been to a city where there are more pharmacies than Starbucks and McDonald’s).Anyway, by that time, I had missed my light and realized I was heading to visit my fiance with no gum in my purse. Might as well grab the free mints.
Two hours later, as I was about to leave the train in Milwaukee, I popped one into my mouth. I then was consumed by this sense of dread. I just took candy from a stranger and popped it into my mouth without a second thought! What is wrong with me? Hadn’t I been warned about this my whole life? God knows what could have been done to this before it was handed to me. Nothing good is free, right?
I then, immediately, was overtaken by a sense of total disgust. What the hell is wrong with me that I couldn’t accept a promotional mint without thinking I was going to end up on the evening news? Is that a reflection of the state of the world or just simply a sign that I watch too much Law and Order SVU? Is it better to be overly cautious and live life in fear of free mints or just live life and take what happens as it comes?
Maybe I should just start by not allowing my emotions to totally and utterly take over so easily…