As a US passport holder living as a permanent resident of the EU, I currently cannot run out to the corner store and pick up a package of Twizzlers. I can get Snickers, Twix, Kit-Kat, Oreos (!), but no Starbursts, Sweet Tarts or Life Savers. Upon landing in the the US I used to purchase a small and ridiculously expensive package of Twizzlers to welcome myself back into the country. Nowadays I can usually wait until I can get to a drug store and pick up other favorites. That’s maturity kicking in.
Before I leaving the US I used to stock up on brown sugar cinnamon poptarts (unfrosted, if possible) and maybe just a single package of Life cereal. It is not that I need any of these things. They are simply reminders of an earlier time. They are easily forgotten on a day-to-day basis.
In the grand scheme of things, I can and could live without Twizzlers and Sweet Tarts. I’m sure I could.