Apples

Jan 10, 2016 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So I used to really wonder why on my jar of peanuts it said: MAY contain peanuts, because I thought, well I certainly hope it contains at least a few...I never understood why this note was necessary -- and then I developed an allergy to apples. I love apples. I love the smell of them, the crunch of them, the smooth texture of the peels contrasting with the slightly rough texture of the meat of the apple -- I miss them raw, cut up with peanut butter, in a pie, in applesauce, and evidently (as I have started to have to read labels for ingredients) in almost every fruit juice or snack. Finally I understand why my peanuts had the warning label, though I still feel the word "may" is ridiculous. So as with everything in my life -- I naturally want to have a character who has a food allergy (and I think it might be Lilly, in Lucky Charms --the series I will be publishing after Redeeming Trust -- you haven't met her yet, but trust me -- she's adorable. You're going to love her and hand over your quarters as quickly as JD does). I also want to express my love loss for apples in a poem. I miss apples more than I miss some ex-boyfriends...which says a lot about either how much I love apples or that some of the choices for people I date need to be reevaluated...probably both, now that I think of it. I just wish I could have developed an allergy to cupcakes or something unhealthy. Apples, really??? But at least it will add details to a story, so it's all worth it, right? Sigh...