Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Bursting with Gratitude


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When my sister and I were little, we crammed as much Bazooka Bubble Gum we could handle into our mouths and had bubble blowing contests. The brands varied; Double Bubble, BubbleYum, Bubblicious or Hubba Bubba, but Bazooka seemed to be the least sticky, plus it had the Bazooka Joe comic. The object was to blow the biggest bubble, without having it pop, leaving gum on your face or in your hair.

In 1928, Walter Diemer, an accountant for Fleer Chewing Gum Company, experimented on new gum recipes in his spare time. He considered it an accident when he came up with a formula that was less sticky and more flexible than other chewing gums. This flexibility allowed the chewer to make bubbles. To help sell the bubble gum, Diemer taught the salespeople how to blow bubbles so they could teach the potential customers. This gum was marketed as Double Bubble and for many years was the only bubblegum on the market.

At the end of World War II, The Topps Candy Company introduced the Bazooka Bubble Gum. This was named after the bazooka, a musical instrument created by Bob Burns. The Bazooka Joe comic strips were added as a gimmick along with the baseball cards.

Each brand of bubble gum has its own unique formula and flavor, much like the various blogs I follow on WordPress. My love of writing prompted me to start this blog in October, 2012. It has provided me with the necessary accountability, and it’s all the motivation I need to get something written on a deadline. I never imagined I would connect with so many wonderful people. I’ve discovered numerous blogs that inspire me to be a better writer. I follow blogs that provide writing tips and keep up with the industry. Some of my favorite bloggers make me laugh out loud and some have made me cry. It’s a wonderful community that I’m honored to be a part of.

The past couple of months, I’ve been nominated by fellow bloggers for the Liebster Award. It’s taken me a while to acknowledge these awards, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the recognition.  I know I’m not following the rules of acceptance, but I don’t want to create more work for anyone. I just want to say thank you and give these blogs a shout out. Please check them out; there is a little something for everyone.


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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

23 thoughts on “Bursting with Gratitude

  1. LOVED that gum! Now when I try one, the flavor only lasts minute and then it does not taste like much. I guess back then it was all about the bubbles! Congrats on your Liebster Award!


  2. Bubblicious man here. Those were some giant bubbles, though not fun to unstick from one’s face after it popped. Bubble Yum might have been the best, but after that spider-egg story… I don’t know…


  3. I just LOVE saying Hubba Bubba bubble gum! LOL 😀


  4. Just reading your post brings back memories of my sister chewing Hubba Bubba grape flavor. That smell is still with me all these years later. 🙂 Congrats on your nomination!


  5. I was a bazooka fan, and I loved the comics, even though at the time I don’t think I really understood them. 🙂


  6. Congratulations for the award jill. I loved the gum, your post brought all the memories back. Thanks for another lovely post.


  7. Maybe you’re too young to remember chewing gum machines Jill – you put tuppence in and scrabbled around for the ball of gum that was dispensed. They did away with them for hygiene reasons, can’t understand why.


    • You’re too kind, Roy, but I do remember gumball machines. Some of them had large gumballs, those were my favorite. I still see an occasional gumball machine in stores, but I never realized they weren’t as prevalent due to hygiene reasons…interesting.


  8. You always have a unique way of connecting the old with the new in your posts. I started my blog for many of the same reasons, and the rewards have been far more than I ever expected. Yours is one of my favorites to follow. Congrats on the Liebster recognition.


    • That is so sweet, Gwen ~ thank you very much. I feel a special connection with you since we are both kind of new to this frustrating and rewarding world of writing. ) I always look forward to reading your posts and I appreciate you sharing the experience of your first writing conference…that was awesome.


  9. Congrats on the nomination, Jill! I had no idea you were fairly new to the blogging world – you write w/such warmth and polish I assumed you were a vet that I was late to discover! I agree w/you about the deadline writing – my recent blogging venture has helped me feel much more plugged in to the writing community that I want to be a part of. Having to miss my self-imposed deadline b/c of a recent death in the family has me feeling a little disconnected. And a little annoyed w/myself for not having several posts written ahead (as I swore to myself I would when I started this) for just such an emergency. Although I’m comfortable knowing that I was exactly where I was suppose to be doing what I was suppose to be doing over the past week, I am ready to get plugged back in – maybe even write an extra post to have on hand for upcoming emergencies. Maybe.


    • Thank you for the compliment, Shel. Yes, I consider myself a rookie when it comes to blogging, but it’s been a great experience so far. I’m sorry to hear about the recent death in your family. I wish I could be that ahead of the game, to have future blog posts written in advance. Like you, maybe one day. 🙂 Have a great day!


  10. Used to do that with my brother too back in the day! Thanks for bringing back that sweet lil memory.


  11. What a fun post. I remember Bazooka bubble-blowing challenges. Especially the time I blew a HUGE bubble…and finally, after many efforts, my mother had to cut the mess out of my hair…and then trim the rest of my hair to match.


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