Friday, November 04, 2005

One of these things is not like the other....

Ok, so I have two earth sign kids. (A Capricorn and, gasp, a Virgo) For them, the highlight of Halloween is organizing their candy. They arrange and rearrange. Sort by size, type, color. The object is to create order from the chaos of their pillow case bags. They dump it out on the floor and pile it up carefully in stacks before placing it into big blue plastic bins. This little activity goes on for days. As the candy supply is depleted, new arrangements are required.

This morning, a new twist. I came downstairs and found that every single piece of candy had been taken out of it's wrapper and was now re-wrapped in bowls and cups and containers. Chocolate with chocolate, regardless of type. Kit kats mingling willy nilly with peanut butter cups, Butterfingers cheek by jowl with snickers bars. M & Ms got their own container. Those funny little peanut butter flavored things are in a mug with some other miscelaneous stuff, including, oddly, an Almond Joy. The whole collection is laid out on my piano bench. (Which might become an issue when I sit down to practice later...)

These kids are obvious lightweights when it comes to eating the candy. In my day, by Friday the chocolate would have been long gone. But here is a huge bowl, even with Nguyen picking at it all week. So, they don't win points for eating it, but they sure are good at organizing.


Satan said...

I thank you for allowing your children to honor me on the day when my powers and influence are at their highest.

As your mortal lives enter the final stages, I shall remember their act of tribute and save you from the clutches of the inferior and effete Nazarene.


Natty said...

I used to do the same thing as a kid!! And I'd pull a fast one on my little sister (7 years younger and quite gullible) and somehow manage to get most of the chocolate stuff and leave her with all the SweetTarts (yuck!) Bit-o-Honeys (YuckYuck!) and hard candies (boring...). Tee hee.

Oh yeah, I'm also an earth sign. Very, very Capricorn. ;-) Never made the connection to candy-sorting before. But thinking back, there was probably nothing more that I loved as a kid as organizing stuff. My Fisher-Price Little People, my stuffed animals and dolls, books on my bookshelves were always tallest to shortest...

Did I mention I'm a librarian now?? Woah.

Rachel's Big Dunk said...
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Rachel's Big Dunk said...

I LOVE sweet-tarts! But Bit-O-Honey... really, who do they think they are fooling?

The funny thing is my husband and I are both Capricorns and are pretty disorganized on the whole. We must have other stuff going on in our charts.

(4 earth signs in one house. Boggles the mind, doesn't it?)