It's the first day off from school (voting day) since Halloween. My kids are begging to hang out at the mall. My teenager wants to shop, but for the younger two, a day at the mall means playing on the plastic playscape and hiding out in the climber at Jeepers. I give my two youngest a handful of tokens for games. Most of the fun will be derived from winning long strips of green tickets.
After $5.00 worth of video games (lasting all of five minutes), my daughter comes back with 35 tickets. My 7-year-old has 18. I send both kids off to the redeemer. To my dismay, they return with candy. Five dollars worth of cash earned me, maybe 45 cents worth of candy – two Dum Dum suckers, one mini Starburst and a gumball. Didn’t my kids just finish telling me that each had over 100 pieces of candy at home? One hundred pieces of candy already! And here, I am paying $5.00 for more.
I was a kid once, so I pretend not to let it get to me. Holidays are special… Holidays are special. Halloween comes once a year…once a year…once a year…
Apparently, 100 pieces of candy is not enough, neither is a single sucker. I look over at my 7-year-old and find, not one, but two suckers hanging from his mouth at once.