Saturday, March 29, 2008

Too much of a Good Thing?

So when I was growing up, I ate more candy than almost anyone in the world. I would even have eaten more than Jon (brother) except that he had more money and could drive, so he could go to Smart and Final and get the 78 pound tub of Whoppers and such. I often (constantly?) had these little blisters on my fingertips which my mother told me were some kind of bacteria from eating too much sugar. I spent every penny I earned on candy. I started babysitting at age 10 and I believe the first available half hour after every babysitting job I took the money I had earned down to Bingo and walked around and around that gas station store trying to figure out how I could get the most candy for my money. It's really a shame that you had to go through the weird part of the trailer park and cross a major street to get to Scott's Market, because they had all kinds of penny candy up there, and plus Scott was very nice, whereas the workers at Bingo never seemed to appreciate my patronage. In my defense, I remember that I finally settled into always getting a "fresh baked" giant peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and then whatever candy I could get with the change from that. See, I started learning at an early age the wonders of lots of baked goods in the diet. What wonders, you ask? Mostly that they taste really, really good and are very enjoyable to eat.

So the only thing I ever remember about the amount of candy I ate was that I never got as much as I wanted. I don't remember any negative side affects of the candy eating itself. Which brings me to my point. So the kids got their Easter baskets (okay, Easter bags. We were at Greg's parent's house and I had forgotten to bring along the baskets, as well as the paper grass and interesting treats I bought on our last trip to the Land of the Free so we used plastic grocery bags.--Gone are the days when I would have helped the kids make and decorate their own out of paper) and we let them eat the candy at will. That night Evie started feeling sick when she was in bed and eventually vomited. During the night David woke up and did the same. (I'll add here that I am grateful for clean vomiting kids. We always get it in the toilet or a bowl--no, last Easter when I was in the hospital with Aaron, Evie threw up in the hallway, but that's 'cause Daddy was in charge for the first time. Oh, and once in America when David was vomiting every 7 minutes...) Okay, so I spoiled this, but we thought at first that it was Greg's parents amazing food we had been eating (so delicious, but not always refrigerated before the bacteria gets going on it or thoroughly reheated the next day). Then Evie started saying, "I'm so mad at myself! Why did I eat so much candy? The same thing happened last time!" (see above reference)

So my question is, what's the deal with my kids not hacking the sweets? They didn't get that from me. I suppose I'll just be glad that they can't and hope that they won't end up addicted to sugar like I was...

6 comments:

sarah k. said...

Uh, as a fellow sugar addict of the highest magnitude, I'm equally bewildered at my oldest son's "off-switch" that kicks in after a while (I'm not a possessor of such technology) and my second son usually ends up puking if he eats too much. What's the deal?

Susan said...

Isn't it great? I've always told the kids "don't each too much candy or you'll get a tummy ache!" but not really believing it myself. I loved how Tyra could be happy eating just 1 or 2 M& M's without needing more. Thomas went through a phase of not eating anything that "came from dough" because I'd said it wasn't good for our bodies. But Lillian will eat candy and especially chocolate until she's sick and super DUPER crabby, and she'll whine and cry for more and more. We're trying to figure out if a rash she got right after Easter was from eating so much chocolate.

I'd forgotten about Bingo vs. Scott's. Thanks for the memory...

Susan said...

It's ALL YOUR FAULT! I was getting away from baking (and eating entire 9x13's of baked goods) and here I have to keep thinking about peanut butter swirl brownies. So I made them Saturday and they were (delicious, even without the eggs I somehow forgot!) gone by Sunday. Lily's off chocolate so I then promised her blondies so Monday I made a double batch of smittenkitchen's blondies with 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1 c coconut, 1 cut vanilla chips, 1 cup butterscotch chips. We only had them for FHE and went in lunches today and they're almost completely gone! IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT! (Thanks, they're delicious, post more!)

jonesfamily said...

I'm WAITing! I want more pictures!!!! And the peanutbutter brownie recipe (I've just realized the beauty of that combination by chance!)
More, More, More!!! Or as Seth would say, "Morn!".

jonesfamily said...

I'm still WAITing!!!!!!

Erin said...

Lisa you should read Candy Freak by Steve Almond. It is really hilarious and it made me feel like obsession with candy isn't too weird. I am not as obsessed as this guy, so I am doing pretty good. It has some objectionable language, not to mention it would be hard to get in Poland, but it is really funny. You are really funny too. I love your posts!