Friday, February 26, 2010

Reliving the Old Days

I was at Michael's the other day and amongst all the crafts I found a blast from my past.

Candy cigarettes. 

Man, did we love these as kids!  But I was faced with a moral dilemma.  Do I buy these and present my children with candy cigarrettes or do I be mature and pass on something that could possibly lead them toward a path of death and destruction.

Obviously I bought them.  And I was so excited when I got home and told Mike - who looked at me and raised and eyebrow and said, "Nice mothering.  You are going to need to stress that we don't condone smoking."  I thought he might write up a contract for them to sign beforehand, but I told him I had a plan.

So after dinner and, conveniently when Mike left for work that night, I pulled the kids aside and told them I had a treat.  The conversation went:

"I am stating from the start that I DO NOT condone smoking.  It will kill you.  That being said, I got you some candy like we had when I was a kid."

Then I told them what I did condone:

Shopping at Target:

Watching and cheering for the Olympics:

Can I spin things or what?  I should have been in public relations.

And so we shared some stories over our "cigs".  They got a good chuckle when I told them we used to stand outside and pretend to "blow smoke" when it was really cold out.

Maddie came home the next day and said, "I told my teacher that I had a cigarette last night."

[Insert brief heart palpitations from me and Mike's voice in my head saying, "I told you so..."]

She finished it with, "But then he just looked at me and said, 'I bet you had a candy cigarette.'"

Whew.  I'm still up for Mother-of-the-Year.


Carol said...

That is great and I think it's fun for the kids to hear what you did when you were growing up. Not too sure about Maddie's comment to the teacher but I bet she had fun with that.

Dan said...

Friggin greatest candy ever invented. You know if there uncle says it's okay then it is fine. The only other thing you could do is find something called a Cherry Clan.....that's right...a candy with the name "clan" in it....You have now received my vote for mother of the year