There seems to be no end to the sugar-inspired moments around here. From toddlers sneaking up on the counter to Candy Land, I think they've caught the sugarbug. Oh, how I long for the days before that first Pinata. But I am for sure the model for all this, because although the Great Pumpkin came & traded their sweets for "Newer, Favorit-er Candies," I have hidden myself a hefty stash of Twix, Reese's, & Kit Kats. Let's just call that, "Confessions of a full-out-mama." I am consuming no less than 7 pieces a day.
Meanwhile we have a "candy shop," inspired by both Pippi Longstocking's shopping spree & Wonka's factory. (They are begging me to take them to the C&H Sugar Factory.) The shop is selling a mix of boy-made treats consisting of coffee-filter bon-bons, Wonka Bars & my favorite, turtle-fabric-covered "turtles," as well as family favorites like Organic Lollipops, Sunspire Chocolate-Covered Sun Seeds, Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Bits, PEELU Dental Gum & Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles. I have no shame in the natural foods department, obviously. But it goes like this.
Free steals 5 little cocoa bars from his up-high basket. I catch him & hand him a glass of water & suggest a piece of dental gum. Within 10 minutes he starts a screaming tug-o-war with his little brother. I offer them both a Rescue Remedy aka, "Medicine Takes," as they call them. Peace ensues. They ask for more candy & I direct them to True, who is selling safer candies on the stairwell. He divies up the treats, charges them for their goods & takes inventory on his mandatory graph. Every once in a while someone finds a hidden Sunspire "M&M" in those play candies, at which point everyone jumps around singing, "I've got a golden ticket! dadadadadada-dah!"