“anywhere i go you go, my dear”

30 Mar

Oh, the glory of getting care packages.  Specifically, the ones that hold such delicious surprises as American snacks.  Despite having a deep appreciation for the chemical, preservative, unidentified substance-free food I eat 24/7, a little taste of something American (syrup and fat laden though it may be), never fails to inundate me with nostalgia.

Just as nostalgia makes you idealize the past, geographical and temporal distance from certain foods make them far more appealing than you actually find them.  Digging into my newly acquired peanut butter expecting a savory treat, I found it shockingly saccharine.  Consequently, this PB will be going toward making peanut butter cups rather than sandwiches.

Delicious as Ukrainian cookies and candies may be, they are primarily chocolate based, which always makes me miss my favorite American candy – Twizzlers.  I’ve seen such brands as Mounds, Snickers, Twix, and Milky Way in my grocery store, but as you will likely notice, only the chocolate candies have taken root here.  I decided to share the happiness of care packages with the other PCV in town by presenting him with some of these amazing candies – too bad he doesn’t like them – more for me next time someone sends them!

I knew I was going to be technologically behind when I returned to the US after my service, but I started worrying about how behind I am going to be if “Tweet Me” is already an acceptable and mass produced candy heart phrase.  It’s a little unnerving to me that “Tweet Me” could be thought analogous to “Hug Me” on a romantic holiday.

There was, however, one candy heart message that never goes out of style.  So, thank you for the amazing care package(s) mom and dad [and everyone that has sent me equally amazing surprises], and I miss you;

poem: “i carry your heart with me” -ee cummings*

*This week in Ukraine in preparation for Easter, it is tradition not only to avoid all fighting, but also to refrain from singing or listening to loud music.  Though I have been listening to music, I thought I could at least give a tip of the hat to the culture by entitling my blog entry after a poem rather than a song.

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3 Responses to ““anywhere i go you go, my dear””

  1. jndanley 30 March, 2010 at 03:43 #

    TWIZZLERS! My fiance sent me haribo, because you’re right! seriously every candy here is coated in crumbly chocolate.

    Also, that’s one of my favorite poems <3

  2. Mom 30 March, 2010 at 08:33 #

    Miss you too bunny! Mom

  3. Ed 30 March, 2010 at 11:25 #

    I’m so glad you wrote a post! I was thinking about you this morning and how I hadn’t heard from you in a bit. I’m glad you seem to be enjoying things in Ukraine!

    If it makes you feel any better, I wouldn’t find it very romantic if someone said “Tweet me” on Valentine’s Day. I would probably say ok and send them a happy-go-lucky tweet! The idea of Twitter as a romantic medium is just odd.

    I miss you tons!

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