Want to see a photo of a miracle?
That’s right — it’s an unopened bag of Halloween candy. The miracle? It’s been in our house since last Friday afternoon and it’s still as pristine as it was in the store.
We’ve all been circling it, like sharks readying for a feeding frenzy. Every so often, someone checks the bag to see if the wrapper has been breached so that we can finally revert to our usual behavior: i.e., pretending that we are absolutely not eating any of the candy, thankyouverymuch, even as the empty, shredded wrappers accumulate in the trash can.
The fact that this bag — this enormous bag of our favorite kinds of Halloween candy — is still untouched is astounding. Then factor in that it has survived the following:
- The kids haven’t had school since the bag came home from the store.
- One of those kids runs cross country and when he gets home from a long workout, no food is safe. Especially not sugar that is almost too easy to unwrap and eat.
- My husband S has also been home from work for the past couple of days and can be easily swayed by a few well-timed hugs and/or compliments from the kids.
- A couple of DIY projects have been started and ultimately nixed due to frustration — the kind of frustration that only chocolate cures.
- There’s been an incessant amount of wheedling from all parties (myself included) about having — and I quote — “just one piece.”
- One of my children who shall remain nameless came up with the argument that it’s only mid-October, which means there’s plenty of time to buy more candy, were we to break into this bag and eat it all. Hmm.
Add it all up, and it’s nothing short of a miracle that any of it is still here.
Wanna bet on who’ll be the first to infiltrate the candy bag and when? Smart money’s on “Me” and “Soon.”
When do you buy your Halloween candy? Do you buy candy that you don’t really like so that you won’t eat it? Or do you buy what you love in the hopes that you’ll have extra and can barter with your kids for part of their loot?