Addiction Hyperbole

If I’m going to use the  loosey  goosey definition of addiction here is a very abbbreviated list of things I am addicted to :

  1. Toilet paper
  2. The internet
  3. Washers & dryers
  4. Soap
  5. Electricity

What a mean here is that I usually blow a gasket when I cannot count on one of those things and will act irrationally and unpleasantly .

Would I sell my mother’s silver, my home appliances, or my husband’s tools to get one of those things back? Not likely. Would I betray someone or do an ethically questionable thing in order to pay for or attend a yoga class? probably not.

I started smoking when I was 13 and by the time I was 15 I  was scamming my parents by having  the person at the cash register write candy or deodorant on ther receipt instead of cigarettes. I quit only because I got pregnant  at 23.

I battle an addiction to excessive consumption of food. I have shorted my own daughter on slices of something yummy, and not saved a treat for the love of my life when I know he would love to have some. People who are addicted to sh#t commit betrayal and pay for it dearly.

I taught school for many years in an area ofthe country that has the highest, this is not hyperbole, the highest incidence of heroin addiction in the nation and is still ravaged by an AIDS epidemic that is only matched By stats from Africa, also not hyperbole. The children I taught got their hearts shattered on a frequent basis because their loved ones where battling addiction. Most people do not get addicted to broccoli, or  yoga. We do get neurotic about our schedules and our rituals, and we need to recalibrate constantly. Only those of us that are blessed with reasonable mental health can joke and trivialize about addiction and insanity.

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