HOW SWEET IT IS
If you have kids, you know about the Candy Problem. It works like this: everyone gives your kids candy. They get candy at the bank. They
get candy at the doctor’s office (sugar free, but still…), they get
candy from the bowls on the counter at restaurants, and they get candy
in the goodie bags handed out at the end of birthday parties. Add
all of that to the candy haul from Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s
Day, and Easter, and you’re talking multiple pounds of sugar per year.
At our house, we dump all accumulated candy into a jar in the kitchen. We dole the candy out pretty stingily, so it tends to pile up. Fortunately, we get some help in dealing with the excess. We call our helper the Candy Monster.
never know what night the Candy Monster is going to come, but every now
and then, when everyone is sleeping, he comes and steals all the candy
from the jar. Surprisingly, this doesn’t upset the kids. Probably because they know there’s always more where that came from.
The other day, though, the girls got invited to the next-door neighbors’ house for their little girl’s birthday party. Of course they came home with bags of candy. Tigger taped her purple goodie bag tightly shut before depositing it in the candy jar. Then she took out some paper and wrote this:
Dear Candy Monster,
You may notice there is a purple bag of candy in the jar. Please do not take this, as this is my emergency stash. Please accept this drawing instead.
Below the letter Tigger drew a picture of herself and the Candy Monster as she imagines he might look. They are gazing at each other with big smiles, and a sign between them reads “friends.”
I don’t know if this strategy will work, but I applaud the child’s initiative. It is never too early to form alliances with powerful people.