Well I guess I been around smoke most of my life..
I was sitting here thinking earlier. Thinking about a random memory… I was remembering sitting on my grandmother porch, way out in the yard were my dad and one of his brothers tearing an engine in a Dodge Challenger down. My dads family was “country”. So as I watched this engine being lifted up the very same big wooden hang things on/literally made of old trees/been there at least 50 year and would later be used to hang/skin/ and clean deer,,,,my dad and his brother are there under this hood. Both with a cigarette hanging out of there lips. That’s when I started thinking. Never was I NOT around a smoker. Everyone smoked that I grew up around….except my mom, she hated it. So my dad smoked most of his life, he doesn’t now, he chews. Chewing or dipping has always been his replacement. He hasn’t smoked in a long time. My grandma smoked, as did my moms brother and sister and father. My other grandma smoked, and all of my dads brothers and sisters.
Everyone I knew smoked. I have tons of memories, memories I can replay over and over from life. In everyone of those someone is smoking. I was destined to become a smoker. When I did people seemed surprised. The very first time I smoked I was probably around the age of 7. My grandmother who smoked but wasn’t supposed to let me take a drag off of a non menthol, non filter, Pall Mall. I remember running to a water fountain very quickly. I didn’t smoke again until the age of probably 17 or 18 and that’s when my bff and I bought some Swisher Sweets to keep the bugs away at the golf course. From that moment on other than 2 different 3 – 4 month times, I have been a smoker. I went from the Swishers and cigars to non menthol, non filter, Camels. I was gonna be like my grandpa according to my grandma that was what he smoked when I was little. The only time I would ever smoke menthol was if I had smoked some pot. Whenever that happened I was always with my cousin who smoked Newports. Around the age of 20 I moved to Miami and realized the entire city smokes menthol. I tried to stay a non menthol smoker but just couldn’t pull it off. So from then up until I started vaping I was a menthol guy but would still buy some gas station cigars and every now and then some finer ones at the smoke shop. However…since vaping I am totally over menthol. I still will put a drop in a tank every now and then.
So, maybe I was destined to smoke, and then vape. I don’t know. What I do have is just about every memory that I haven’t burnt out has someone else, if it isn’t me, smoking. Maybe now I will start creating memories and then later in life my mid-age memories will be of me and others vaping. Who know?