Summer is a very hard time of year for me. You see I’m an addict. In fact I’m a relentlessly unreformed addict. There’s no 12 step program powerful enough to ultimately stop me from my obsession. In that regard I’m hopeless. In my defense however, I will say that I’m an addict with boundaries. An addict with with plenty of self-control– most of the year. That’s because I’m a peach addict.
January, February, March, April, May, and even June. My addiction is under control. I can go all that time without even thinking about peaches. Sometimes I see them at “off” times winking in my direction. But they lack the proper pheromones and I don’t even bother to pick them up and squeeze them. Why should I? February peaches are easy to resist.
I’m not saying I haven’t had a few illicit dreams in the dreary months of winter. Every addict has these dark secrets. But these thoughts are held deep in my subconcious and rarely keep me from preforming my day to day duties.
I admit I have a problem. But it’s a problem I can deal with. I can even keep my affliction under control in July. Well most of July. Come August though and I know that the binging will start. I’m powerless to control it.
Once August begins to wane my identity as a peach addict gets serious. My usual sources start to dry up. I find myself driving to Farmers Markets further and further from my home. By September it just gets worse. I’m often caught with a plastic grocery bag standing over the sink, mealy peach in hand– totally jonesing for the juice to come dripping off my chin. By October that drip has completely dried up. I make up stories to tell my friends and family. “Oh” I’ll say, “I have a cousin (a cousin I’ve never mentioned before). She’s going to be at Windrose Farms up near Paso Robles for a couple of hours today. She’s killing time between flights on a crop duster (it takes longer but it’s cheaper to fly that way). Since she came all this way (sitting in bug spray) I just gotta drive up and see her. Don’t ya think?”
My friends and family acquiesce every time. Does this make them enablers?
Hello. My name is GREG and I’m a peach addict.