Gack! Is that gum?
Gum is gross. It goes in the garbage. OK, it’s fun to chomp and chew on a big wad of gooey gum. Chewing gum can help calorie counters to stave off snack cravings. Bubble-blowing can be a great way to pass the time in a boring study hall or a rush hour traffic jam. So what, if gum chewing destroys braces and bridgework - and may even cause extra facial wrinkles.
But c’mon now!
Earlier today, I climbed out of my car at the drug store and stepped in a giant glob of you-guessed-it. Oh, not happy!
Know why lots of schools prohibit gum chewing? It’s not because of kids cracking and popping their favorite flavors in class. It’s not even because of the germs conveyed by sticky hands that have tugged and pulled on bubbly bundles.
You can bet that schools ban gum because custodians find it stuck to chairs, desks, floors, railings, bleachers, sidewalks, goal nets, and all sorts of other surfaces.
Gee, when I was in school, a kid was nicknamed Gumby. Know why? He used to stick his gum to the bottom of his locker shelf, so he could pop it into his mouth again between classes.
And did you ever find gum in the laundry, after someone left a piece in a pocket. Trust me. You don’t wanna know.
Get rid of that gum, would ya?
Please, don’t just toss it in the trash. Wrap it up in a tissue or something. We don’t wanna find it again later.
Gum-Puller by Helga Weber
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