We all have the nightmare of being late to class, forgetting to study for the exam or being late to a test. At three score and four, I have now lived that nightmare.
I did not awake in a sweat. I did not leap from bed, throw on clothes and run downstairs, only to realize I am no longer in school. I sat quietly at my computer and felt ashamed to take a test one month late. Yes, an entire month for a woman, who, all of her adult life, has been prone to false starts, jumping the gun and trying to be ahead of deadlines.
Never say never. I was asked to participate in a taste test of one of my favorite products and I failed to take the test on time. I had good excuses, but I failed to show up for the product that my husband and I would have a hard time living without.
The product is True Lemon, truelemon.com. This crystallized lemon comes in a simple foil packet. It was introduced to me by a younger Roland Park neighbor who suggested I try it in water, cold or hot.
Lemon water?! The stuff of old ladies, I thought, but I tried it. Now I have been hooked for several years, as has my husband. In my purse, I carry packets of it in a plastic container that came with the product several summers ago. I am such a lemon-lover that I was becoming embarrassed asking for more wedges at restaurants.
My husband and I are so addicted to these little packets that a few months ago I went online and bought a box of 500. I also spotted a shaker of lemon pepper and ordered it too, a two-fer since my husband likes lots of pepper on his food.
At about that same time, I thought I had lost the little plastic box I used in my purse. I scoured the house and our cars. No luck. I called the Village Square Cafe, http://www.villagesquarecafe.com, in Cross Keys, the last place I had last used it. No luck.
One evening I looked at one of the little foil packets, because I remembered seeing on one that it was manufactured in Baltimore. Shop local, I thought, as I dialed the number and left a message about my search for the clear little box.
A nice young woman returned my call. She remembered those funny little boxes but said they had no more. She said she would send me a better one for free. She also said she would send some lime, grapefruit and lemonade products and invited us to be part of a taste test.
The test materials arrived along with instructions. My husband and I were to sample six packs each of Blend K and Blend T. We were to use five in the way we normally use the product, and set the sixth aside for a side-by-side test. We earnestly set about tasting and making notes. Instantly, we fell in love with T. It was more tart and more concentrated. I emailed the nice woman who had sent the free products and reported we loved T.
Before we could take the side-by-side test, however, life intervened. We did not take that test until one month after the deadline. We felt like failures, but we completed the test, an online survey, anyway.