Sunday, December 13, 2009

Love That Ribbon Candy! (NOT)

A childhood Christmas memory never fails to crack me up.

We used to visit an uncle who never had children of his own. He had a music studio, though, so he taught hundreds of children how to play banjo, guitar, mandolin, and violin.

Every Christmas, my uncle ordered dozens of boxes of ribbon candy. Waving rolls of hardened "ribbons" came in lush colors like pastel green with red ripply lines running through them, or pink with white ripples, or yellow with purple, and so on!

The problem with the ribbon candy is that it tasted terrible. A heavy flavor of cloves permeated every bite. My sisters and I thoroughly disliked it.

When it came time to visit uncle, we dreaded the goodbye because out came the individual boxes of ribbon candy.

"Here's some delicious candy for you," my uncle would say. "Stick it in your jacket pocket. Here, take two boxes."

Being polite, my sisters and I never "fessed-up" about hating the candy. We always thanked our uncle profusely but scrunched-up our forheads in disdain when we got to our father's car.The ribbon candy never made its way into our mouths. Instead, it hit the trash can faster than Santa's reindeer hit the roof.

To this day, the thought of my dear uncle, now gone from earth, makes me smile. But the thought of ribbon candy makes me sick.


Gypsy Purple said...

How precious--memories.....

diane stetson said...

I only remember boxes of hard candy from our Uncle although there might have been some ribbon candy too. Our uncle was such a generous man and I miss him alot. Where did these pictures come from?

Anonymous said...

Hello from Romania ,
please read the blog – My heart His words – at november archve , isHumbled and convicted , my friend Tammy Nischan wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something!
I love you blog,
sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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