Tow Trucks and Bubblegum

“Coffee with Companions” is an original series by MAKKER that captures personal stories shared over a cup of coffee. Today, we brew two dark roasts with almond milk and learn about the power of blueberry bubble gum...

It took a couple months before I finally called her to ask her out on a date. She didn’t really want to go out that night because it was snowing and just awful weather. I got directions to her house to pick her up and kind of knew where I was going - but the roads were completely covered in snow. Mind you, this was 32 years ago – way before Google Maps. Turns out, what I thought was a road actually wasn’t, and I ended up getting stuck in ice! I knocked on the door of the nearest house and asked to use their phone to call her. Despite the weather, she came to meet me and we waited for the tow truck, together. We did eventually make it to dinner in Little Italy and went for a walk downtown afterwards.

I don’t remember much about the night – what we ordered or what we talked about. But what I do remember is that prior to our date, a buddy of mine had said, “Take this blueberry bubblegum – girls can’t resist blueberry gum.” So, I was chewing this blueberry bubblegum throughout the night and realized she really did like it. The bubblegum actually worked, and she asked me for a kiss. It was our first kiss.

To this day, she says she fell in love with me because I smelled like bubblegum. Guess my buddy was right, after all!