Category Archives: Things I think I remembered that I forgot I liked
I made an amazing discover the weekend. I rediscovered Willy Wonka Bottle Caps. One of the very best candies ever. Because they are a candy…that tastes like SODA!
I have not had these since I was in 6th grade. Delivering papers after school in Indianola, Iowa.
Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon, me and my buddies would bust out of school, jump on our hopped-up Schwinn or Huffy bikes, with baskets on the side and ride over to the newspaper office.
"They’re not ready yet," was the best thing to hear from the guy who brought them up the big metal elevator from the printing presses in the basement. That meant we had a few minutes to run across the street to the corner store.
On one side of the store was a candy display and tall soda counter. The wooden slatted floor creaked with every step and the heavy wooden door with bang shut behind us as we bounded into the store. All of us paper boys would hop up on the round stools and start spinning round and round until the lady with the apron would fuss at us. We would then order a"green river" or a cherry coke. Sometimes with an order of the crinkly fries in the little red and white paper tray if we had enough money.
Otherwise we would sit and wait until the man who brought the papers up would open up the front door and holler, "papers are up."
And then we would get the last of our drinks and run to the candy counter for something to eat on our routes. I would choose Boston Baked Beans candy (which now that I think of it, is a pretty disgusting kind of candy) or my favorite Willy Wonka Bottle Caps.
I could make a bag of those last for my whole paper route.
And now that I found them again, I think I may go get an afternoon paper route.
Guess that every now and then it’s OK to skip church…when it means sledding and hot chocolate with the girls…
You can have your Rocky Road, your vanilla bean, your triple chocolate thunder, even the very popular cookie dough. But without a doubt, the very finest flavor of ice cream ever invented in the history of the free world is MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP!
Thank you very much. (does anyone have an extra Oreo or two to go with this giant bowl of ice cream?)
After dinner tonight with Suzie and Mabel at Sonic I got a vanilla ice cream cone. Just plain. No toppings. No mixed in candy or fruit. No waffle cone. No dip cone.
Just a plain vanilla cone. And it was great. Reminded me of the big ol’ cones I would get as a kid when I walked down to the Dairy King in Keosauqua, Iowa when I was a kid. My sister and I would get some change from my grandma and truck on down and get a plain vanilla cone. And it was great then.
And it is great now.
Reading "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis again…
He is an amazing writer and thinker, great quote from Chapter Five.
"…But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. he does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it."
Came home tonight and the girls had their treasure from last night all spread out. It was trading time. Better than oil price futures or pork belly’s…it was the trading of Halloween Candy.
My sister and I would sit down in front the TV, with big silver bowls.
"I’ll give you four apples for a Milky Way."
I always tried to scam my younger sister…"really, you want this apple and a misshapen caramel popcorn ball. I’ll just take all those extra Snickers off your hands."
What a great big brother I was. So giving.