Friday, December 21, 2012

A countdown to Christmas

Allow me to tell you a story about a young child who made a big mistake that would impact the rest of his life.
It was the Christmas season and this young child was still in the early years of his life.  He had made a countdown calendar from felt and yarn to track how long until Santa comes with all the loot he could want.   The clanedar had a tootsie roll for each day. 

When the young man went home he immediately hung the calendar on the wall in his bedroom and excitedly counted the days. 15 days to the joy of Christmas!

Then the temptation got the better of him.  So much chocolate and so little time.  Perhaps if he ate more than one day Christmas will come faster?  He reached up and grabbed a Toosie Roll off the felt and gobbled it down.  One day closer!  Hmm, how about another day?  And another.  And another.

Soon there were no more Tootsie Rolls, and a full belly.  Make that a sick belly.  Maybe eating them all wasn't such a great idea after all.

It was such a bad idea that he never ate another Tootsie Roll.

Fast forward almost 40 years.  The boy, now a man, has a party at his house and his step-mother brings a gift to the party.  She hands him that same calendar now reloaded with chocolate bars. The amazing part?  It's 15 days to Christmas.

What are the chances that he will eat that chocolate in one day?  Slim to none, I know better than that now. ;)

1 comment:

Ted said...

Knowing how nostalgic you are it must have been quite a double treat to receive the gift.