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Pasha Meets His Sugar Match

wisdomI thought I would never see the day. Yet it has come. Pasha, our second 18-year-old, said no to sugar.

Last week, he had his wisdom teeth surgically extracted. This, just two months after our first 18-year-old, Petya, had his removed and during whose recovery Pasha made multiplied taunting comments.

“Can’t have a burger, can you?” “My, this pizza is tasty!” “Too bad you can’t enjoy any cookies today!” pizzaEtc. You get the picture. Now the tables had turned, but Petya did not have a nasty bone in his body.

Instead, Pasha got his payback from the sugar itself.

On a day trip to yet another city, Pasha had enjoyed chocolate-puddingyogurt and pudding for breakfast, juice and a milkshake for a snack, and we were approaching thoughts of lunch.

“I can’t eat…” he moaned, waving off any discussions of food.

“Pasha, you have to eat, but it needs to be something very soft…” I started.

“No, no more,” he shook his head. “I don’t feel well.”mashed

“What’s wrong?” I pressed.

“I have a headache, a very bad headache….”

That’s when it dawned on me: sugar. We generally did not eat consume much sugar. However, right after his surgery, for the next couple of days, we were not at home much. At home, I could make him pea soup and scrambled eggs. But out-and-about, even the good things like yogurt were often loaded with sugar.

scrambled“It’s a sugar overload, Pasha!” I remarked.

“Yes,” he agreed. “No more sugar.”

Now, that was a first. He had met his sugar match.

We headed to an eatery where the chef was gracious enough to whip up a plate of mashed potatoes next to mashed sweet potatoes. His equilibrium was restored and all became well. Pasha learned that God don’t like ugly and that sugar was not his friend.

Pretty good life lessons, I would say.

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