Last year, in his Christmas stocking from his Mamaw, Pumpkin Pie got a candy necklace. He had never seen such a thing before, and he was rapt. You wear it AND it is delicious candy? He asked me if he could eat it right then. After careful consideration of the cinnamon rolls, candy canes and Hershey kisses, he had gobbled so far that day, I suggested he put it back in his stocking for later to avoid a diabetic coma. He then Super-sneaky asked his Mamaw and she said, of course he should eat it now. Duh. And he did. He was even more rapt.
Fast forward to Pumpkin Pie’s Submarine Preschool Valentine’s Day party. Guess what was in his goody bag with the chocolate hearts and red lollipops ? Yup, a candy necklace. This is how it went:
Pumpkin Pie: Mom! A candy necklace! Can I eat it now?
Me: Sweetie, you ate lots of cupcakes and treats at your party. How about we save it for dessert time?
Pumpkin Pie: No! I want it NOW!
Me: You can have it for dessert later as long as your dessert doesn’t get taken away for being mean to your mother.
Pumpkin Pie (with arms folded): Hmph.
The next day…
Pumpkin Pie: Mom! I forgot to eat my candy necklace for dessert, so can I have it now?
Me: Let’s have breakfast first and then have your candy necklace when it is time for a treat.
Pumpkin Pie: Can I wear it?
Me: I think it would be really hard to wear your candy necklace without eating it, don’t you?
Pumpkin Pie: I won’t eat it, I only want to wear it.
Me: We are going to save it here in the cabinet for treat time.
Pumpkin Pie (arms folded): Hmph.
Later that same day…
Pumpkin Pie: Mom, Can I have my candy necklace?
Me (thinking, Seriously? We are going to have this conversation Again?!): You can have it later when it’s treat time.
Pumpkin Pie: I just want to wear it.
Me (sigh): Pumpkin Pie, we talked about this before. It is too tough to wear it and not eat it.
Pumpkin Pie: Mom, my neck is cold. I need my candy necklace to keep it warm.
Me: Yes. Here, take it.
And that is how you get stuff in our family. I am saving up for his Law School, btw. I have a feeling it is either that or a life of white-collar crime.