I’m not a candy fiend. I like cookies and cakes much more, but Necco’s are special. My Grandpa always used to have a stash of candy in the closet in his reading room and he would always let us raid it. He’d always have old-fashioned violet gum and lots of penny candy, but hands down Necco’s were my favorite. They’re so crunchy and tasty–except for the licorice ones (my brother and I might have pawned those off on our younger cousins–not the nicest thing perhaps). I mentioned my affinity for said candy one night casually, and last night a friend from my Bible study showed up with two packages for me. It was the best part of my day. Martha Stewart once made a children’s birthday cake–it wash a fish covered with Necco’s. My only thought when I saw that was–that’s a lucky lucky kid.
Nathan and I also stopped at the bookstore, and I picked up these books. I’m always on the lookout for good children’s books mostly because there’s so many bad ones (stories that aren’t really stories, ones that have bad grammar, and many that are pushing political agendas). I also started reading very early so there are a lot of picture books that I never read because I was reading chapter books by 1st grade. I appreciate pictures now–many of them are really beautiful. Both these authors are great. Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad books have to be my favorite young reader series. “Cookies” from Frog and Toad Together is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. So go read one of your childhood favorites and eat some Necco’s!