A sticky situation. (And a tacky title.)

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At dinner one evening my sister noticed a small white glob adhered to her eight-year-old son’s cheek. She couldn’t understand how he got toothpaste on his face at dinner time.

“Wash that toothpaste off your face,” she told him.

“It’s not toothpaste,” he insisted.

“Then what the heck is it?” she asked.

“It’s my gum. I’ve saving it for later.”

Is that classic kid, or what? So gross. My sister promised he could have a fresh piece after dinner if he threw that one away. It wasn’t easy to peel off his skin, however. Fortunately, it had been a small square piece of gum, not your standard long stick.

I suppose it could have been worse. He could have attempted to keep chewing it while eating his dinner. “Mmm… Green bean flavor!”

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