Isn't it funny the way a certain concept or behavior can seem to suddenly be all around you, all the time, after its compelling first appearance on your awareness radar? Nutella was like this for me. I lived a full 30 years of my life, blissfully unaware of its existence. But once I was introduced to its chocolate-hazelnut perfection, it was literally everywhere I looked.
Picture a nine-year-old boy, up extra-early on a Wednesday morning in May to put the finishing touches on his end-of-year school project. It is a project he has been working on and researching for months, and it all culminates with a presentation in front of his teacher and all his classmates. He is ashen with anxiety and he has faint circles beneath his eyes from a restless night’s sleep.