“Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.”

Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day” must have been inspired by a day like today. Delightful seems archaic but that’s all I can think of to describe it. The coolness of the morning is here in this dark room while the sun shines through the front door giving Fern a perfect place to nap. Her fur is even hot to the touch. The day gave me a burst of energy, and I have already changed the sheets on my bed, a chore I generally don’t like, put my new bedspread on it, swept the kitchen floor and taken a shower. That’s usually a whole day’s worth of expended energy.

Tonight is movie night. I was going to show West Side Story but I can’t find it. Later I’ll have to pick a few movies and let my friends decide. We’re having hot dogs and salad for dinner, nothing fancy. Cheese, dips and crackers and a game of Phase 10 will be first, and they’ll be movie snacks for later. I lean toward popcorn and Nonpareils.

I can’t believe that summer is almost over. Last year at this time I was getting excited about going back to Ghana. This year the big excitement was new pillows, a new spread for my bed and new bedroom curtains. I am nearly giddy.

My friends are going to Ghana, and I wish them the same feelings of being home that I felt. Last summer I was sitting on the main street of Bolga and having a Coke and watching the world walk. It was just so familiar. I remember we used to walk up a small flight of stairs to sit at the end store where there were a couple of outside tables. We’d have cold Cokes before heading home. Cold Coke was a rarity and a reward for a dusty shopping trip through the market. Bill asked if I was jealous of him and Peg and their trip: extremely was my answer.

Meanwhile, the pennies for my next trip mount up in the tin with the stars. I put in any change I get and a few dollar bills when I can. Β Next week I’ll have to start redeeming my Coke cans. I have bags of them and figure I’ve got over $50.00 worth. That’ll go into the tin too. Austerity is never bad when the reason is good.

I used to love finding a couple of empty bottles when I was a kid. They meant a dime and that meant ten cents worth of penny candy, a whole bagful. The glass cabinet at the white store had wood all around the outside edges of it but inside of that cabinet was every kid’s dream. There were rows of boxes and each box had a different penny candy. The choices were almost overwhelming. I liked stuff which lasted a while, chewy stuff like Mary Jane’s and Squirrels (little did I know the relationship squirrels and I would have in the future). I like the wax bottles because you could chew the wax for a while. Fire balls were just about my favorites of them all. I always challenged myself to keep it in my mouth the whole time. Only the sissies couldn’t stand the heat. I was never among them!!

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15 Comments on ““Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    Collecting coins in a jar is at the heart of the controversy over the one dollar bill. I think we are the only western industrialized country still using a one dollar, one pound or one whatever bill. Everyone else has converted to one dollar coins. The argument is that it cost less money to print a bill than a coin. Paper bills don’t last as long in circulation as coins which cost more to mint. The argument for keeping the one dollar bill is that people hoard their coins on their dressers and they don’t get circulated and therefore have to be replaced by minting more coins. We do have one dollar coins to honor the Presidents since 2007, but I have never seen one in circulation.

    Finding soda bottles and cashing them in for the deposit was my main source of income to supplement my allowance.

    I would vote for West Side Story any day of the week. Yesterday, when I arrived at the DFW airport the temperature was a cool 97 degrees. It’s already 97 degrees with a forecast of at least one hundred.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I have a few coin dollars. They came as change from a five when I bought a ticket to ride the subway, the MBTA.

      When I get enough coins, I roll them and turn them in for bills. I think pennies are the coins most wasted. Who wants a penny?

      When the Susan B. Anthony dollar coins came out, the problem was they resembled a quarter in size so people mixed them up.

      There are several series of dollar coins. Not only Presidents but also the Sacagawea dollar, American Silver Eagle and a Native American series. I don’t even get them from stores in change. I guess I’d have to go on the subway or go to the bank.

      I wish I knew where that movie is. I know I have it in a packet with 2 other musicals. It was a gift.

      Great day here.

      • Bob Says:

        I think it was the Presidential series that was proposed by Senator John Sununu. The law required the government to mint a ton of these every year regardless of the fact that no one likes dollar coins. Of course every third Presidential coin minted there had to be a Sacagawea coin minted. Since the mint couldn’t stop producing them because of Congressional mandate, they were storing 1.4 billion dollars of them in Baltimore. To encourage them to go into circulation the government came up with a plan to sell them over the internet. People begin buying hundreds of dollars worth with airline mile credit cards. When the coins arrived, they just deposited them in their bank accounts and took a vacation. The coins then were shipped back to the storage facility in Baltimore. Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea nor ex Presidents can get our citizens to use dollar coins as long as paper ones exist.

        Of course this was all pushed by the vending machine industry that hates dollar bill readers because they are expensive. The government will now only sell consumers very small quantities of the dollar coins. Congress finally passed a bill to stop producing the Presidential dollar coins. They still have to mint the Sacagawea coins also under a mandate from Congress.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I saved the coin dollars I got as they are so uncommon. I figure soon enough they’d be gone but at least I’d have a few. People tend to like bills as they seem to carry a bit more importance just by their form. Coins get lumped together and buy so very little.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Have fun tonight!
    I’m just having fun with the Blues Brothers on TV, one of my all-time favorite movies. Very suitable for deck movie nights.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit,
      It was a great night. We played a favorite card game, ate appetizers then watched a movie called Vantage Point. It was a perfect summer movie with twists and turns and great car chases. We had movie snacks of the most delicious popcorn, malted milk balls and Nonpareils. The evening started at 5:30 and ended at 10:30.

      Hope you had a great evening too!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have a 5 gallon water bottle for my change in. I’ve cashed it in three times. The first time it was 3/4’s full and had almost $700.00. I rolled it all and put it in a back pack for its trip to the bank. Man was it heavy. Never again. The last two times it was only 1/2 full but still garnered a few hundred dollars. It’s only 1/4 full right now because I use a debit card and there isn’t any change.

    Rocky and I went for ice cream. That was my big outing for the day. The native blue berry ice cream is out at Benson’s. It was delicious.

    My mother used to send us to the corner store with a note for cigarettes or bread or whatever. Blanche, the owner, would run a tab during the week which my mother would settle on payday. We were allowed to get penny candy for running the errand. I liked those candy pills that came on paper. I also liked the candy necklaces, red licorice, Mary Jane’s and Squirrels.
    No Fireballs. Gumballs.
    Oh, and Mint Juleps and bulls eyes. And Bazooka Bubble Gum.

    I’d go for West Side Story, too. It figures that we would all vote for the movie you can’t find. πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the evening. Watch out for those Perseids.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That’s to funny-the first time I brought my change I had about $700. 00 as well. It was my spending money for a family trip and had taken me a lot of years to save. Now I throw in a lot more paper money, even a few 5’s and a lonely 10. I’m hoping for close to $1000 for next summerI;m the same with using a debit card-no change-which is why I started with the paper money.

      I went shopping, and that was it for the day. Tomorrow is breakfast and a couple more stops then nothing else. I have a busy week so I’m taking any sloth moments i can.

      I like those candy pills too though I something got a bit of paper with the pills when i bit them off. Mint Juleps and bananas (hard like mint juleps) were also favorites. I still love bulls eyes and save the middle till last.

      It is 11:42, and I’m beat. but i wanted to answer all the comments before bed. My eyes are drooping!

      • Caryn Says:

        I signed my debit card up for Keep the Change. It’s like a virtual water jug. It rounds up the electronic withdrawal and puts the change in my savings account. What a brilliant idea on the part of BofA. I use my card. BofA gets the fee. The change that would normally go into my car ashtray or water jug goes into my savings account that pays minimal interest. My savings account is aggregated with other accounts and leant out at much higher rates. Well played BofA. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        There’s another way to eat bulls eyes?

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        For years I have rounded up in my checkbook to the next dollar. The last time I raided it, about two years ago, I had over a $1000.00 of saved money. I checked this month, and I have close to another thousand. That I never reconcile my checkbook drives people crazy, but I always do check the bank’s account with mine. I now use Kiplinger as my source. I heard him say on the radio that you should never keep coin amounts in your checkbook-he suggested rounding up which I had been doing for years. I see it as money toward Ghana.

        I just came back from Breakfast and have nothing scheduled for today.

        Nope, that’s the only way to eat bull’s eyes.

  4. im6 Says:

    If you can’t find “WSS”, you wouldn’t happen to have a copy of “Gypsy” would you? Also a musical and would be the ideal icing on this week’s KTCC. (I realize the chances are slim since you’ve said you aren’t a musical fan — which makes me wonder why you selected “WSS” in the first place). Tis a pit “Sharknado” isn’t out on DVD yet.

    • im6 Says:

      Tis a PITY (well, it may be a PIT, too!)

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      No copy of Gypsy either. The gift had three musicals and was given to me as a hostess gift at my cocktail party, the latter part of which was a blur, so it could be anywhere.

      I love West Side Story. I don’t know why but I always have. I saw it in the US and years later again in Ghana. I also like Camelot and even used to take the album out of the library and listen to it. I think there may even be more of them, but I don’t remember.

      My mother used to play The Desert Song on her hifi and some of that stuck!

      • im6 Says:

        Certainly no need to apologize for liking West Side Story. It’s simply brilliant. It’s probably considered THE musical in American musical theater and for good reason. Bernstein & Sondheim & Laurents & Wise. How could you go wrong? Plus, it’s beautiful to look at and has such energy. Did I mention timeless? And sad. Oh so sad!

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        I may have to buy a used copy of West Side Story as now I’m anxious to see it again!


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