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

Last night the evening got cooler, the wind blew then the rain started. It was gentle at first, and both dogs went out for a bit, but in a short while, the rain got heavy, noisy. I could hear it hitting the metal barrel on the deck. Henry did go out later but reluctantly. Nala went out, turned around and came back inside. After the trauma of their getting wet, we three shared some watermelon. Both dogs love watermelon. I am happy to share.

This morning is damp, chilly and quite dark. Heavy rain is predicted. Light rain started earlier then stopped, but that is only a temporary reprieve.

When I was at home in Ghana, I bought my fruit in the market. On the road, I bought from hucksters. Oranges and bananas were the fruits I usually bought as they were easy to eat and didn’t need to be washed, just peeled. Ghana was where I tasted my first mango. I didn’t like mangoes at first, but they sort of grew (really?) on me. I loved pineapple, the sweet pineapple. I also tasted my first pawpaw (papaya). The Peace Corps cook book, Ghana Chop, called it the amazing pawpaw. It was versatile and even tasted like apple when baked in a pie. I saw coconuts in the wild, hanging from palm trees. One of my favorite snacks, usually sold on the street by small girls, was a toasted coconut ball. I had a bowl of fruit for lunch every day. They were the freshest fruits I have ever eaten.

When I was a kid, penny candy had amazing choices, and all of them were really a penny. Fireballs were my favorites. They lasted the longest especially when I’d have to take the fire ball out of my mouth because of the heat. Candy buttons weren’t the easiest to eat. I had to be careful not to get any paper with the buttons, an almost impossible task. Root beer barrels are still among my favorites. When I was in Ghana, I craved root beer. Mary Janes took a lot of chewing as did Squirrel Nut Zippers. Sometimes the wrappers stuck to the candy. If I couldn’t take off the wrapper remnants I ate the candy anyway. I was a kid.

My to-do list is empty, not because there is nothing to do, but because I don’t want to do anything. My car has filled trash bags in the trunk waiting for a dump run, but today is an ugly day, a day to stay home, warm and dry. I declare today a sloth day.

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

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Bulls eyes are still my favorite penny candy. Agreed about pills on paper but I ate them anyway.

    Definitely a sloth day up here. It’s cold. How dare I complain about cold after this past week? But it is and I’m going to complain anyway. 😀
    I’m going out for a steak bomb sub and some ice cream. Grease, salt, sugar. All the major food groups!
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love Bull’s Eyes. I always ate around the center to save it for last.

      It is chilly here. I have shut the windows except for the bedroom where I like to snuggle under the covers at night.

      Hmmm, that sounds like a great supper, particularly the ice cream.I ordered ice cream delivery the other day. I think of that as the height of decadence.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Last night a line of thunderstorms came through with a lot of rain. This morning was cloudy and humid. There’s a chance for rain through Monday with high temperatures in the low 90s at the highest. Global climate change really means weird weather patterns. Very hot on the Northwest and wet and cool in Texas. Our idiot governor Abbott did a photo op with Trump on the southern border and promised to finish Trump’s stupid wall using state taxpayer money. Trump only built 85 miles of wall in his four years in office.

    I don’t think you can buy anything for a penny any longer. We’re the only country I know that even uses such a low denomination of currency, thank you zinc industry. 🙂 Of course sales taxes and ending prices a $1.99 instead of $2 perpetuates this problem. Even the one dollar bill is silly. Everywhere else people carry one dollar coins such as Canadians and Europeans, even the British.

    The Trump stuffed right wing Supreame court wasted no time this week dismantling the idea of a ‘taking’ in a private property case. The case was a California industrial farmers verses the unions. Chief Justice Roberts had to carve out an exemption for city inspectors not to have to pay businesses to inspect them for safety violations. Then, they ripped the heart right out of the voting rights act yesterday. Who knows what established law is next? Anytime someone says that they didn’t vote because it doesn’t matter should be beaten with a wet noodle. Elections have consequences!!!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I saw snippets from that video. Your governor was chuckling at Trump’s comments. Trump lied, an unusual occurrence (Ha!!), about the length of wall he built. It is unbelievable he has such a hole on Texas that using state funds is okay

      I’d prefer the British coin as it is one pound. I agree pennies are useless. I don’t mind the dollar as there are places where it is still useful. Hyannis has a penny candy store, but there are few penny candies. Some are a nickel.

      Trump got his conservative court. It is anti-education, anti-voting and anti so much more. They are dismantling precious laws, and there is nothing we can do about it. The hope was Roberts would retire but he didn’t before the hiatus. Trump did it again!

  3. Christer. Says:

    It was the opposite for me, I fell for Mango as soon as I had that first taste of it. Pineapple took some time though. Papaya doesn’t taste much here, I guess they pick them too early so tthat ripe taste never comes, they don’t taste much when pouring lime juice over them either. They are fairly easy to grow as trees though so perhaps I should try and hope of the possibility of getting a fruit during summer?

    It’s hard to compare candy since we have too different names but I’m pretty sure I would like them all 🙂 🙂

    Cool morning here but hot afternoon, a cool wind saves us from the worst but then again the wind dries out the ground even more so I don’t know what to feel about it 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I liked pineapple when I was a little kid, and we could only get it canned. Pawpaw (papaya) is a sweet fruit, can be used to tenderize meat and tastes like apple when baked in a pie with cinnamon and sugar. It is quite an amazing fruit. Maybe you are right, and the ones you ate weren’t yet ripe.

      I’d like your candy as well. Candy is a weakness of mine.

      It is a cold afternoon, and the rain has started.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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