Ding Dong (Bell)

“Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality…”  Freddie Mercury

It’s pretty stunning, the difference: of geography, of circumstance. Half of my Twitter feed is a running tally of Gaza rockets and explosions, and half of it is mourning the loss of the Hostess Ding Dong.

“Wasted days and wasted nights,
I have left for you behind,
For you don’t belong to me…”  Freddy Fender

It’s a collision of realities. Mine is so, so different. I am so, so lucky to have grown up when and where I did, to live where and when I do. That’s just sheer accident of a good landing. That I have the grace and good fortune to even spare a moment of thought for the loss of a snack food I can’t even eat anymore pretty much makes me Marie Antoinette in comparison.

“They don’t have Ding Dongs?
Just let them eat Twinkies.”  Marie Antoinette*
(* Not a direct quote)

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