Gum is not the same as it used to be; is anything? Have you noticed that you cannot get regular gum anymore? It's all sugarfree. So if you just want natural sugar and not chemical additives, you're out of luck. Do you remember Chicklets, little squares of gum covered with a hard candy shell? They were my favorite, and seem to be totally gone now. At least I can't find them anywhere. In their place are these Mini-Chicklets, extremely tiny. Double Bubble used to be my favorite bubble gum, now I can only find it at Cracker Barrell restaraunt in the candy nostalgia section. It does still come with the little comics, but is now so hard that it's unchewable. So I bought this roll of Hubba Bubba bubble tape in a tape dispenser. At least it's soft and you can unroll as much as you want. What next, a bubble gum stapler? In our hospital gift shop there are pink and blue cigars for new fathers to hand out. But they just look like cigars, they're really bubble gum. The hospital isn't allowed to sell tobacco products. My quest for good gum has been fruitless. The average American chews 300 sticks a year, something I find hard to believe. The ancient Mayans chewed chicle, which is sap from the sapodilla tree. Around the year 800, they met their end. Everything about them was abandoned, except the practice of chewing gum. Native Americans chewed the resin of spruce trees. And I used to chew Chicklets.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, the we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." James 1:17