Sunday, October 31, 2010
Trick AND Treat
I didn't tell any knock-knock jokes. I didn't share any dorky puns. But, I did do a magical Halloween trick: I bought a bag of candy with no chocolate in it.
I still bought a Costco bag, but this year I flipped the bird to those drug dealers at Hershey & M&M Mars & said hello to the loving folks at Wonka. Now, don't get me wrong, I do enjoy an occasional box of Nerds or packet of Smarties, but here's the difference: I also enjoy NOT eating those fruity treats. If there is chocolate in the house, the rest of life stops & there is no enjoyment outside of gorging myself until my blood chocolate content is well above the legal limit.
I tossed fistfulls of fruity treats at my neighborhood children & I know that they were probably a little disappointed by the goods in my basket (I remember sorting through my haul & tossing out the sub-par peanut butter kisses, Almond Joy Bars & Twizzlers). I'm hoping that maybe their parents are thanking me for being one less piece of chocolate temptation for them to have to withstand. Regardless, I did it mostly for me.
So, as the Lady Gagas & Harry Potters wandered off into the night, I enjoyed the rest of the evening with my family knowing that I had done something good for all of us. And then rewarded myself with a Three Musketeers out of Link's bucket. Just one piece is a whole lot better than just one bag.