Happy National Candy Day (11/4)

After three nights of grazing from our children’s Halloween candy buckets, there finally comes a day when we can all stop looking sheepishly from side to side before snagging that favorite Mini-Twix or Sweet Tart packet. That’s because someone at some time graciously declared November third to be National Candy Day.

There are, of course, a couple of ways that such a day can be acknowledged. One could dump the whole bucket of candy out onto the dining room table right after breakfast and declare, “Happy National Candy Day, everyone! Tossing it down, or I’m tossing it out!” Of course after a day like that, someone’s bound to be tossing it up, so this isn’t necessarily the optimal choice. One could also meticulously portion out a bit of candy with each meal of the day, allowing for a full day’s celebration with minimal candy ingestion. That really just seems so regimented, though. The way I wound up looking at it was that there really is no reason why National Candy Day should be lived any different from the way the last three days have been going, just grazing out of various candy sources throughout the kitchen.

The candies that I most often draw from a child’s Halloween candy bucket are mini Kit-Kats, Twix, Butterfingers, Blowpops, Laffy Taffy, Whoppers and Jolly Ranchers. I also dig a few Candy Corns, but these days you don’t get candy corns much anymore. I discovered recently that this is because no one makes them in individually wrapped bags. Candy Corns are more of a “Bowl of Candy” treat for a party, I suppose. Of course, this isn’t National Candy Corn Day. That was October 30th.

National Candy Day really couldn’t have come at a better or worse time at my house, because it falls on my daughter’s birthday, and this year her party was at the house. With thirteen extra little girls running around devouring every single sweet in sight, all of them hopped up on sugar, well, they wrecked the joint! That is for certain. My daughter’s room looked like they had reenacted hurricane Sandy hitting Hoboken, New Jersey. No doubt, we definitely unloaded some sweets, but at what cost? At… what… cost? 

See you Monday for another National Donut Day.

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About Jim Clark

"If it was worth doing, then it is worth writing!" -- Jim Clark -- Someone else probably said that before, and I'm sure that each semester she starts her Creative Writing 101 class by writing it on the board, but I never took that lady's class so I am taking her quote! I work in the world of advertising, but I write for a living. Here in the second decade of the '00s, we find ourselves in a culture where virtually everyone writes for a living. With all the clicking and clacking on Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts, our lives are more than ever intertwined with writing. At the same time, it's also become increasingly more important to shorten our thoughts down to as few characters as possible. So, now, more than ever, I think it's also important to hold a place in our lives for expanding and honing our thoughts through writing. This is my place for that.
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