My mother’s recent passing caused me to reflect on past, happier memories that we shared. Mom spoke fondly of a time when Grandma and Grampa ran a candy store in Cincinnati, Ohio when she was a child. It made me think back to the things that bring back fond memories of my childhood. Saturday cartoons, milk and Oreo cookies while watching The Mickey Mouse Club after school, comic books, the Science Fiction Theater on Saturday tv, and M.T. Graves, the host for the horror movies. What a great day Saturday was. I grew up in the suburbs of North Miami, Florida at a time when the building boom had not yet taken over the local woodlands, and rumors of panthers roaming the woods kept the parents watchful and us adventurers searching. It was a fun time and of course candy was a big part of it.
Now I share my memories and the candy of my childhood with my grandchildren. I tell of stuffing my alowance in my pocket and hopping on my bicycle for the great adventure of riding to Jean’s Five and Ten while we share some candy buttons. It seemed like such a great journey back then, and nothing put a smile on my face like the great treasures that awaited. After all, where else could you get those great wax lips, or those mini wax bottles of colored liquid you would drink. What was that stuff anyhow? I talk of Halloween night and and visiting house after house collecting my treasure trove of candy corn, Pixy Stix, Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy, especially the banana flavored, Root Beer Barrels, and so much more, as we enjoy some delightful peanut butter and molassas Mary Janes. Then we pop a couple of Sixlets as I tell about the Saturday movie adventures and having to choose from rock candy, Razzles, Slo Poke caramel suckers, or Jujubes. Children do not seem to have the adventures today that we did when we were young. Their imaginations are being lost to video games and ready made entertainment. It does bring a joy to see the excitement in my grandchildren’s eyes when I get out my special box of candy, for they know an adventure is about to begin.