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Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Candy Thief
Candy made me a thief.
I must have been seven or eight. I was in a Ben Franklin Five and Dime ... Why, I don't know, I didn't have any money.
And then my eyes spied it.
A York Peppermint Pattie.
Dark chocolately goodness melted around a gooey peppermint center.
But my pockets were empty.
Well, not empty. I had my lucky rock ... not worth money... not that I would have bartered it anyway. I had my pet pillbug (tied to a string) and probably some other small trinkets I picked up off the ground, but valued like rare jewels.
The York Peppermint Pattie whispered my name.
"Norm. Noorrrmmmmm.... Eat me!"
"But, Pattie," I replied. "I don't have any money."
"No one's looking. Just take me!"
"I couldn't do that. That's stealing!"
"But I'm yours. I belong to you. You would just be taking what is yours."
The sugary voice was just so compelling. So I did it. With Pattie keeping watch for me, I reached out, put my trembling sugar-anticipatory hands on her sweet roundness.
And in a flash, she was in my pocket.
With nerves atrembly, I stole out of the store with my beloved, hopped on my bike, and pedaled furiously away to find a secluded spot to rendezvous with my secret dark lover.
I found a woody area, devoid of people, and settled onto a leafy spot behind a big tree. Pattie came from my pocket, her allure almost too tempting. But anticipation is part of the joy of this relationship, so with nervous restraint, I gently unfolded her tinfoily wrapper, and allowed myself the first swaying of desire at the flash of her tasty skin.
My mouth watered as I ...
... gobbled down the sweet confection.
Nope, I just couldn't savor this over time. Like the owl in the Tootsie Roll Pop commercial, I just can't let saliva do the work. My love of candy is a frenzied, drool-and-chomp-it-down affair - not a take your time and let it melt in your mouth insanity.
Anyway, it's good to get this dark secret out in the open.
I feel better.
And, now that I'm older, I usually have enough money for candy.