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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Got Fruit?

Not too long ago there was a family from Mexico that moved into our neighborhood and within a week they had sent their kid out to all of the neighbors and invited them over for a Mexi-que so they could get to know everyone. My kids went over and got to try all kinds of great food they had never even seen or heard of before. Since they have moved in, there has been this "candy truck" that has drove past and stopped at their house for awhile. My kids kept running in to me with puppy dog eyes, desperation evident in their faces as well as absolute I-am-going-to-die crazy pleading for understanding that the "candy truck" was so close AGAIN and they really needed some money and since they didn't have any could I just hand them some. Knowing that they are definitely NOT deprived of candy I would reply in the negative and their puppy dog eyes would turn to devil eyes and their desperation would get more wild, "but moooom it is sooo close! Don't you understand!?!?" When that didn't work the tears would start and the stomping off to their room or out the doors came next.

First of all I have never heard of a "candy truck " and the one time I happened to be outside when it drove by in all its glory, I still did not get what kind of candy truck it really was.

During a particular "candy truck" episode I saw the familiar cycle start; puppy dog eyes, devil eyes, wet eyes, no eyes. It did not dawn on me what was happening until it was over. I had thought I heard Brandon running up to his room with a friend whispering and then back out the door as fast as he came in. At the time I was busy staving off the little ones during their puppy-dog-eye phase. After the ordeal was over and the little ones had run off with their weepings, wailings and gnashings of teeth, one of the older kids came running to tell me that Brandon had went to the "candy truck" with his money and he bought fruit flavoring. They were all giggling at him as he came to show me. He looked beaten at his own game.

"I couldn't read any of the labels on any of the 'candy' so I asked the Mexican man if I could just buy this. It looked good; just wasn't sure what it was. He kind of looked at me weird but sold it to me anyway. " Sure enough, this little bottle of fruit flavoring looked good enough to eat. It even had a cute little lid that opened so you could shake it right onto your fruit. It might have fooled me too as the English translation of "Fruit Flavoring" could only be found at the very bottom. After we got all our giggles out we set about to find some fruit in the house. Not having anything other than bananas, they became the hot item as the brave kids peeled, shook and tasted.

Moral of this story? If your kids come running to you wanting money for the "candy truck," save yourself, and them, the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth and tell them that it is not a candy truck at all, but maybe just a Mexican Schwans man who will sell them fruit flavoring if they want.

8 comments:

cory and sharon said...

hUM, 'candy truck'? from Mexico???
So I want to know, did you get to taste some of the Mexi-que, too? Sounds way good.

Jonny and Alexis said...

I confused Bonnie, was it a candy truck or not? There was a Mexican family that lived a few doors down until recently. They made frequent visits to Mexico and brought back all kinds of Mexican goodies including candy then handed it out to the million or so neighborhood kids. Let me just say this, just because the label states that it is candy does not mean it is sweet or tastes good or ought to even be consumed. With "candy" like that no wonder Mexicans want to come to America. They're here for all of our candy. I don't know about the rest of you but I have now hidden my ice cream Snicker bars behind all the vegetables in my freezer and I won't even tell you where I put my stash of M&M's.

Pineapple Princess said...

Just what I love, fruit flavored fruit!

Adios. For now.

Abby said...

Love the new look. I'm with pineapple princess. There is nothing better than fruit flavored fruit. I can taste it now, apple flavored watermelon. And don't get me started on orange flavored pears. yum, yum.

kenandshaney said...

Haha!! Too funny. I was trying to figure out who would be crazy enough to drive a candy truck around. Of course if it was a Schwans truck with ice cream on board it would be me with the puppy eyes!!

kelly said...

we don't have the Mexican candy truck at our house we have the Muslim driver selling these little tikes $3.00 ice cream bars and my kids don't understand why I am telling them no at giving them money. I have started to buy boxes of flavorful bars from the WalMart and charge them for one. "Hey kids if you do you chores mommy will give you an ice cream bar FREE!" (Mind you I just bought a BOX for $3.00 when this guy is selling each for that price.) I could make a steal of the neighbor tikes, don't ya think? Although we do have all our Mexican neighbors who all share that funky candy with our kids, I should bring your kids a handful.

Tamster said...

LOL! :-)

Wenderful in Colorado said...

Now you just need the Mexican wall paper truck.