How I Became A Sugar Daddy

And why a Brazilian should actually be called the Australian Open

Cooper Thornton
9 min readJun 27, 2021


Ohmygod! That really hurt!

The closest thing I can compare this procedure to is getting a tattoo. I’ve spent nine hours getting intimate with a reciprocating needle for a decent-sized and well-thought out permanent display of ink on my right shoulder and back and it was nothing compared to the twenty-minute-testicle-raising pain of having all my private hair removed.

I was at one of the LAX Starbucks, waiting for my Southwest flight to Minneapolis/St. Paul for a film festival to debut my short film, Killing Happy, when this really cute redhead in line asked me what I was ordering. I was new to coffee at the time (believe it or not) and answered honestly that I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker and was a little overwhelmed by all the java jargon.

She suggested that I get a tall blonde, and then laughed, saying, “A tall redhead just recommended a tall blonde.” My god, how wonderful. Was she flirting with me? She was definitely flirting with me! We talked for a bit and discovered that we were on the same flight and since there are no seat assignments on Southwest, we sat together and chatted the whole time.

God, it felt good to be flirted with! We shared the reasons for our trips, me, the film festival and she, a book launch for her sister doing a reading at a local bookstore the next night. I thought it was great that her sister was a published author and asked in turn what my cute redhead did for work.

“I own my own company. For hair removal. Like waxing, but not. It’s called sugaring.”

Waxing, I had a pretty good grasp of. Sugaring? Not a clue.

She saw that I was clueless. “It’s kinda like pulling taffy.”

If you’ve ever been to a beach or mountain town, you’ve likely seen a candy shop making their own fudge and taffy. Well, you know how they fold the warm taffy over and over, back into itself on that big marble slab? Imagine that a really cute redhead has a handful of that warm sugary goo and is folding it over and over and each time she lifts it, it lifts the hair painlessly from your privates. That’s what she claimed.



Cooper Thornton

Parent, Actor, People Lover, Observer, Writer and Most Often Happy Depressive in NC by way of LA by way of UK by way of BC by way of TN, where it all started.