When the call went out to Duel or Duet, within a day messages were being exchanged. Duel or Duet? Half Marathon vs. Ultra Marathon? Thin Mints and Coke?!? After exchanging a few ideas back and forth via Twitter; naturally we landed on cookies and soda. After it was finished, Kendra noticed how our stories were a true duet. It’s hard to tell who added what to the piece. Greg noticed…??? :) Without anymore delay, we bring you:
Thin Mints and Coke: A Duet
By: Greg Armamentos and Kendra Limback
You know Spring is coming. The girls begin to trail in the classroom; first in a trickle, then in a steady stream. Brownies or Cadettes, clutching their order form. Anticipation filling the air. It’s cookie time! I always say yes to each Girl Scout who comes through my door. It's my way of taking one for the team. So many kinds to choose from, but I have my long-time favorites. I usually need a box of Samoas, with the toasted coconut and chocolate striping. Do-Si-Do's are pure peanut butter goodness. And Thin Mints are always a must. The clouds open and the angels sing when I bite into a Thin Mint. The delightful crispy cookie covered in the perfect amount of chocolate. A perfect go-to snack. Anytime. Anyplace. I have some hiding in my car. Is that bad?
If Thin Mints are my pleasure, then Coke is my vice. From the fountain please, or a cold can.
Yes, I know how much sugar there is. I know I'll feel bloated later. But I don’t care, even when my waistline does. The carbonated bubbles refresh, tickle, and awaken me as they course down my throat. I remember the glass bottles in my grandmother’s refrigerator. How they would clink together with a sweet melody, made even sweeter once the bottle was open.
Funny, it was when I was drinking those cokes, that we had our best conversations. I learned about my Grandpa, I learned about what books Grandma was reading. I learned her thoughts on politics, sports figures, and a whole host of other topics that I didn't even know I should care about.
There's nothing like reaching for a Coke after a long run. Whether I finish my distance, or wind up bonking, it’s the Coke that helps me bounce back. It's the Coke that refreshes me. It's the Coke that reminds me of younger days.
Whether fully spent, or frustrated with my finish, the cold combination of Thin Mints and a Coke rejuvenates me, reminding me that today's run, is just a small part of a longer journey.