“I’m sorry, ma’am. We don’t carry spicy chicken nuggets anymore.”
Sirens blare. A small child screams in the background. Glass shatters somewhere.
No more chicken nuggets? Did I hear the scratchy drive-through voice correctly? How can there be no spicy chicken nuggets?
“I’m sorry, what did you say?” I lean out the window of my car, thinking that if I get closer to the speaker I could hear her better, hear her different.
“We don’t carry spicy chicken nuggets anymore, ma’am.”
I sit back in my seat. Glass shatters again. “Oh…ok. Can I just have regular nuggets then?”
“Of course you can. Is that all for your order?”
Yes. I guess so. It has to be. The spicy chicken nuggets are gone. Out of all the things to happen while I’m away, why this? What is happening to my country?
I wish I had known the last time I ate Wendy’s (January 1st, 2017), what I know now. About to leave for Europe for 8 months, I could never imagine returning to an America without spicy chicken nuggets.
I was so naïve.
We all know the usual advice about living in the moment. Hang out with your grandparents. Tell your dad you love him. Apologize to your friend. But more importantly, cherish every single chicken nugget that you eat. Who knows if that nugget will be your last nugget.
R.I.P. Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets. I’ll miss all the good times we shared.
*I googled and March 2nd, 2017 is the actual date the nuggets disappeared. No one had the heart to tell me, out of fear it would spoil my time in Scotland.
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