Oh crap! With all the hoopla surrounding the magical date of 12-12-12 that we were all paying attention to I just realized that there are only eleven more shopping days until Christmas, and I really have not started yet. Sure, I have picked up a few things here and there but nothing to make a dent in the list I have mentally placed in my head. It’s giving me a pounding headache already just thinking about it.
Growing up as a chubby kid I have many candy and sugar memories that still resonate with me today. Yeah, I was a chunker. Even wore “husky” sized pants. Thanks to an Italian mom and her side of the family that all lived on our street I was constantly treated to delicious food, and just as many snacks no matter what house I wandered into on any given day. Even though I don’t ever want to wear “husky” sized pants again I do miss those happy days of my youth with my great aunts and uncles who are now long gone. Wonderful memories remain, and sometimes all it takes is a little reminder to bring them to the front of my mind. Usually, they are food related, and walking into Economy Candy recently brought some flooding back. Here are a few that are some of my old childhood favorites, and many that could be found in the candy dishes at my relatives’ homes.
I am kind of a lucky man. I am surrounded by terrific cooks and friends that can whip up delicious tasting meals and delicacies with a snap of their fingers. It’s both a blessing and a curse I tell you. On one hand, you just know to expect when we have a pot luck or get together somewhere. The food is amazing and quite tasty. Drool worthy at times. On the other hand, it makes me feel like the kind of person that can barely make a bowl of Cheerios. Monique is a ridiculous cook and can pretty much open up her own bistro if she wanted. Kristy is a pastry and dessert maven. Since she is diabetic she also bakes up some great low-sugar treats. Chef Ben is, well, he’s a trained chef and can make anything taste awesome. It’s a ridiculously talented group. We never have to worry about going hungry around these food magicians.
You ever have one of those days when you just seem invisible to all of the human race? Well, maybe not all of them, but to the people that inhabit your town or city. Some days you just want to go into a rage and scream “HEY! I’M HERE!!!!”
For the most part I think people are mainly considerate and respectful in their lives and to those around them. As bad a rep New Yorkers get for being gruff and unmannered I usually encounter just the opposite as most have consideration. Yet, there are days like today that makes me want to go all “Hulk Smash” on some specific individuals.