As much as we'd like it to be, the grieving process isn't linear. Similar to the endless array of precautions designed to shield us from physical pain, humans are quite adept a calcifying their hearts to block emotional discomfort. However, despite the litany of defenses that one arranges to insulate themselves from pain, the hurt always finds a way in. Consequently, people are usually shocked by how devastating the pain of grieving can be.
In addition to the initial barrage of emotion surrounding a loss, grief never truly subsides. There are always subtle reminders of what you lost that pop up at the most inauspicious moments. You never fully put grief and loss behind you; one only becomes better at managing the pain.
From this point on, whenever the summer months hit, I'll grieve for the Choco Taco. When I pull into a Taco Bell at 3 am, and the clerk asks if I want a dessert, my heart will quake with sorrow because, as of today, Klondike has discontinued the Choco Taco after 40 years.
"Over the past 2 years, we have experienced an unprecedented spike in demand across our portfolio and have had to make very tough decisions to ensure availability of our full portfolio nationwide," a Klondike Brand representative told CNN Business in an email, adding "we know this may be very disappointing."
40 years old? Ya know, there was a time when 40 seemed old to me. Now it just shows me that any one of us can go at any time. If I can impart one piece of wisdom that I acquired during this tragedy: make sure you appreciate your Fudgesicles and Dippin' dots while you can. Tomorrow isn't promised to any of us.