Of course, you have! Their response “Sure, no problem here you go”, or this is my last, feel free to take a puff (the young folks say… I’ll short you, (the start of a new friendship). After all, smokers hang together and smoke together. To this day, I forget some of my friends are smokers until I see them leave a room and I ask, where are you going? Truthfully, I didn’t need any new friends- I was already popular, plus my friends were all smokers and offered me the opportunity. I was just afraid. I always thought I would choke to death, no pun intended, no hashtags, LOL!
Homecoming Week. It was all set; the day was planned. I was geeked! I had already practiced in the mirror how I should look while doing it, how to pull on it while it was being lit and the pucker of my fuchsia-stained lips. I was ready. Everyone lighting up, my turn…… gently pull… all wrong, waaaay toooooo much! I thought I was going to choke to death. When I tell you, I could not catch my breath and stop coughing and choking… Tears began to roll down my eyes. All I remember was everyone around me laughing hysterically. It was the most humiliating experience of my life. It deterred me from ever trying again and thinking nothing about watching people do it in my teens, twenties, thirties and more.