This afternoon we all went to the Watauga Christmas tree lighting festivities. The boys had been looking forward to it for several weeks since we got our November city newsletter.
The park was decorated like the board
game Candy Land. There were volunteers walking around dressed as the
characters King Candy, Queen Frostine, Princess Lolly and the evil Lord
Licorice. It was nicely done.
There were different grassy areas
that had various candy spread on the ground. There was Lollipop Woods with suckers, Peppermint Forrest with candy canes, and something with
boxes of gum drops. There was tons of candy so we told the boys they
could get one of each kind. While they were picking out what they
wanted, one of the volunteers came over and told us it wasn't time to
get candy yet because there was a hunt organized for later. So of course
we had them put it back. As Timothy said at the time, it would have been nice if they had put a sign out or something.
There was a miniature train ride for
the children. We got there just in time to see it fill up and told the
boys we would have to wait for it to come back but it wouldn't be long because it was only a 5 to 10
minute ride. The train came back and the boys were off. So much fun!
they were on the ride the organizers passed out plastic bags and someone
blew a whistle and there was a mad scramble for all that candy. The
train came back, the boys got off all smiles and I informed them it was
finally time to get some candy. But when we got back everything was gone
except for the lollipops! All those gumdrops and candy canes,
seriously? I told the boys to each pick out one lollipop. Some teenagers had bags full of candy but others were kids
whose parents were congratulating them on the huge amounts of candy they
Collin and Owen were crushed almost to the point of tears.
They really wanted that Candy Land candy. The part that got me was that I know other people noticed because
Collin was not quiet about it. "Why does he get a HUGE bag of candy and
all I get is ONE SUCKER?" I almost went to ask one lady who was with 3
children if we might could have just one box of gumdrops from their
pile, but I changed my mind because I know she saw my upset kids and
didn't offer. I told the boys to go grab one more sucker because
apparently safety suckers are lame and for babies and no one wants
those. It was time to go.
This is not about candy. I could buy
them candy. It's about parents not setting a good example for their
kids. No one needs 30 boxes of gumdrops or 50 candy canes. And no, I'm not even kidding. I am at a
loss as to how any parent would let their child bring home that amount of
candy much less congratulate them on a job well done. What was I saying the other day about not judging people?