Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Big Candy Fall-Out

I posted yesterday for Chicago Parent online about how kids will never again know the happiness of a giant sugary haul of  Valentine's Day loot.  Instead, all school celebrations will be commemorated with pencils, erasers, and paperclips. Click here for story.

Candy has been officially outlawed in public schools throughout Illinois.

Based on all the feedback, I now understand the importance of becoming more sensitive to the world of dangerous food allergies and diabetes. 

I'm really trying. But I first need to let go of that decorated Kleenex box of my youth. Designed to collect the motherload of cards, licorice, and chocolate, it was once the acme of childhood happiness and indulgence. Sadly, it is now time to readjust my expectations of school parties and the traditional practices I remember so fondly.

Farewell, chalky message hearts. It was fun while it lasted. 

You will live forever in my soul.


  1. Hey Marianne - I've given you yet another well deserved award. Stop by to pick it up. :)

  2. Do you remember candy necklaces? I used to love them!

  3. Now I lost focus and have to wander over to the cupboard for some sugary coated cinnamon jelly hearts!

  4. Skwishee - Thank you! I am honored!

    Grace - Candy necklaces were the best. Topped only by candy cigarettes. Geez, I'm showing my age.

    Andrea - Yum. Where do you live again? I'll be there in 5.

  5. The boys and I just made pink chocolate roses stuffed with mini peanut butter cups. Pink, of course cause it's Matthew's favorite color, still! The nice thing is that our kids promptly forget about any sweets in the house, my husband and I not so much. Please come visit us and take away are candy, I'll even make you blue ones if you'd prefer!

  6. Steph - I'll be there in 2 hours. Maybe an hour if I can get the minivan up to 100 mph.