Onions and fish and a big spicy pepper,
A meal I never would miss.
Onions and fish and a big spicy pepper,
You gotta' try some of this.
Onions and fish and a big spicy pepper,
The makings of heavenly bliss.
Onions and fish and a big spicy pepper,
How could someone resist?
Onions and fish and a big spicy pepper,
I'm ready for my kiss.

-B.C. Byron
Hold on, I’m almost ready for my kiss

I happen to really like onions, fish, and spicy peppers. I often put at least 2 of these in my ramen noodles along with eggs and zucchini. It really makes me sweat and the flavor lingers. I know what you’re thinking, “Can I have your recipe?” Actually, I just gave you the whole recipe. Just boil the ramen and throw that stuff in the pot. It’s fantastic for a filling lunch, but not so great for putting on romantic moves, especially when accompanied by the onion-fish burps. It can be a real mood killer for my wife. Breath mints also have a hard time cutting through this combination for some reason. The mint aroma sort of piles on top of the other smells. Sometimes we just have to choose between delicious ramen and a kiss. Maybe if I just do the peppers next time? That would put a real zing in a kiss.

Although these things are healthy, we do have to eat them in moderation. By moderation, I mean not having them at every meal. I met a person who believed that onions and garlic were the cure for everything and would boil them in the same pot for hours then drink the juice twice per day. Every time we visited this person, the onion and garlic smell was overpowering. He was actually sweating garlic and onion juice after a few weeks of this regimen. I don’t care if drinking garlic-onion juice CAN make me live forever. It’s not worth living forever if no one can stand near you. All things should be done in moderation. Even healthy foods can be waaaaayyy overdone. I try to remember the onion sweat guy whenever I start a new hobby or spend too much time at work. Overdoing those things can be worse than the garlic sweats. It’s good to have an end goal in mind with the good things we do. Otherwise, they can quickly become bad things and take too much of our time and energy. We can run too much, work too much, play too many video games, meditate too much… you get the idea. If you’re not sure how much of something is too much, ask the people around you if they think you’re taking something too far. Good friends will let you know if you’ve gone bonkers with something.

Published by B.C. Byron

I’m a children’s author, poet, father of 3 girls, and electrical engineer. My first book, A Cat Named Lump, is available on Amazon,, and Google Books. I post new poems and illustrations every week.

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