November 1984 – Diet Tips

Ice-cream-sundaeDiet Tips (published November 7, 1984)

When I decide to diet
I choose a day on which to start
And on the eve of that day
I indulge in what I can’t have anymore

I like to get a sundae
With the richest chocolate ice cream
Smothered with hot fudge and whipped cream
And of course, topped with nuts and a cherry

A lot of time goes into deciding
What will go in my sundae
And I spend a long, long time
Just thinking about how good it will be

On the eve of the day of my diet
I go to my favorite ice cream parlor
It’s got old-fashioned chairs
And tiffany lamps — just the perfect setting

The waitress brings my sundae to me
And it’s a work of art
And I think to myself
This is the most wonderful sundae in the world

The first thing I do is to take off the cherry
And I lick all the whipped cream off of it
And then I put the cherry aside
(I always save the best part for last)

Then, I take a little taste of everything
A nibble of ice cream
A bit of hot fudge
And dab of whipped cream and nuts

I slowly eat my sundae
Savoring every spoonful
Letting the ice cream melt in my mouth
As it rolls across my tongue

I know this is my last sundae
So I don’t want it to end
But the ice cream melts in the bowl
As it mixes with the hot fudge and the whipped cream

All too soon I’ve eaten it all
So I pop the cherry into my mouth
And pull it from its stem
And my sundae is done

I know there will be no more sundaes for me
But whenever I hunger for one
I just remember how good that last one was
And I’m ok without it

I wish there’d been an eve of the day
Starting my diet of life without you
To indulge myself
In what I can’t have anymore

But then, I didn’t decide to diet
And I didn’t choose a day on which to start
Maybe if I had, it would be easier now
And I wouldn’t feel so deprived

I know there’ll be no more you for me
But whenever I hunger for your touch
I imagine how good that last time would’ve been
And I’m still not ok without you

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