When Life Hands You Candy

You’ve heard of the kid in the candy shop.  It’s said so often, maybe we don’t even pause to picture that kid.  But I had a delightful little first-hand experience… a supreme example!  Let me tell you about it.

It’s on my mind this weekend, because I’ve been to the ENMU Homecoming parade, and I stood beside one of my favorite little parade-goers.  He’s pretty experienced by now, since he’s already four years old.   He knew that he’d better have a candy storage bag ready to roll even before the color guard came marching by announcing the beginning of the parade.

I remember his first memorable parade experience.  He must have been two.  When the first group came by throwing candy, a piece landed right at his feet.  I was standing a little ways behind him, and he turned around to look at all of us with this most incredible expression on his face.  Every little ounce of his being was saying, “Can you believe this???”   We all told him it was for him, and that he could put it in a sack.

He was thrilled.  Someone he didn’t even know had just driven by and tossed candy at him. It was just too good to be true.  And then… only a couple of minutes later… it happened again!  There was a piece of candy at his feet.  He turned around and looked at our little family crowd in utter amazement, jaw dropped, eyes popping.  We told him it was for him.

It happened again.  He gave the same exact “I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!” gesture.

We were all just howling with glee, with those ridiculous tears streaming down our faces because we couldn’t stop laughing.  It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

I give a couple of happy morals to this tale.  One… Enjoy to the fullest those little moments in life when candy is dropped at your feet unexpectedly.  Two… Be the person who’s tossing the candy!

6 Responses to “When Life Hands You Candy”

  1. Sandy says:

    I took this photo of Luke yesterday… and that’s what led to writing this about him. Wish I’d thought of it earlier at the parade. I would have taken a picture of him with his candy!

  2. Betty W. says:

    Great picture AND story!

  3. Marcea Clive says:

    Cute story, Sandy.

  4. Micah says:

    I’m tossing some candy today at lunch. If you aren’t there I’ll save some for you!!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Always love your positive morals. Yes, I’ll work more on being the person tossing the candy AND work on enjoying life’s blessings no matter how small.

  6. Sharon says:

    That’s a great story, I always buy the best candy for parades and now I’m glad I do.

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