I was thinking the other day about how your (my) tastes change over time. Things I hated as a child, I love now. Some things I still hate, like okra.
About this time last year I was really excited because that seasonal delight, the pumpkin spice coffee creamer, reappears. And it came. And it was awful. And the thing is, all the coffee flavors were suddenly awful.
So I drank tea. Green tea. With lemon and a touch of honey and some sucralose to make it sweet without driving up my blood sugar. And maybe it was two years ago when I stopped drinking coffee because I’m pretty sure I drank tea for at least a year.
Then it was diet cola. And for a brief period of time, caffeine pills with whatever fizzy soda.
And now coffee. With half and half, the way I drank it years ago, before funny flavors and the macchiato. Uncomplicated.
And I wonder, what’s different? It’s not just a matter of — what? Being in the mood for one thing today and something else tomorrow. Today I’ll have the chicken, I say. No, today I hate the chicken and can’t imagine ever eating it again. Why does taste change so suddenly?
It probably doesn’t really matter. But I was thinking about it.