You know when you can just feel that popcorn kernal stuck back there in swampy recesses of your mouth and it’s totally infuriating?
Yes, your tongue slides past its smooth surface unsuccessfully, your toothbrush’s flimsy bristles just can’t shake it, and even your fingernail can’t quite unwedge it from the tight molar deathgrip it’s stuck in.
So the fork is dropped and the dessert lays unfinished, the conversation fades to a blurry, distant noise, and the world stops around you as you just keep trying and trying and trying to get that popcorn kernal out. You close your eyes and squint, you tilt your head, you emit a deep-bass “nnnnnnn” noise, as your body directs all available faculties at flushing this thing out. But it just sits there tightly, clogging and gumming up your entire system like a pile of defaulted mortgages.
Then suddenly it falls out.
I will be speaking at the Northwoods Muskoka Literary Festival tonight in beautiful Huntsville, Ontario. Hope to see you there and see details on the festival here!