Once upon a time when I was in High School the rumour going around school was that if you got a hickey you would get cancer. No one knew exactly how it began but everyone thought it was the school nurse that probably started it on purpose. After everyone rushed to the library and did some research, no actual facts came up except the possible premise that hickeys might cause a hernia.
In the end the only true fact about the blood sucking bruise on your neck was that people would just ask you a lot of questions and most certainly assume the worst. I remember that some of us used to sit on a bench during recess and give hickeys to our arms. What was wrong with us? I got my first hickey at 17 and told everyone the truth; I had a curling iron burn.
Just last week I heard one teen ask her friend on the bus the same question we asked 40 years ago. Why have you been wearing a turtleneck all week? Things never change no matter what era you are in; just like the warning that Pop Rocks might cause a human explosion if consumed.
Just last week reality star Kim Kardashian was photographed wearing a heck of a specimen on her neck. Wags say it was not psoriasis as she had explained to some, but a bonafide “love bite” given to her by new beau Kanye West the day after they saw 'The Hunger Games' together in New York.
If Kim does not want to be caught again with a high school moment on her neck maybe she should try a new product just released by G2 Organics. For just $19 you too can buy The Hickey Stick and no longer have to put a cold spoon to your neck or fuss with a concealer.
The Hickey Stick is a cover-up that is thicker than your normal concealer and covers everything you don't want people to see in two easy steps.
Like painting a wall; the first thing you do is use their primer and then layer a 'paint' color over the problem area. It works on any skin tone and it is supposedly 'reiki charged for good energy'. Of course a Hickey is a mark of “I was here!”; so, is that why Kardashian was wearing an open blouse and her hair back when she was caught by the paparazzi? Did she and Kanye want to tell the world they were an item?
My thoughts are that Kanye was acting like the beloved character Kenickie in the film Grease when he told Rizzo:
"A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best! "
Linda Seccaspina for Zoomers Canada
("Kim's the village bicycle! Everybody's had a ride." - Austin Powers)