Do you remember buying up the penny candy years ago, and how happy it made you? I used to look everything over and analyze just how I would spend my money to get the biggest bang for my buck. And I still remember how happy that made me.
Today there is no such thing as penny candy, or if there is, it is pretty rare, but there are bubble gum machines. You know them…the ones that sit in the hallway just before you enter the store, or if you’re leaving, right on your way out. And the kids always want to stop at them… And why shouldn’t they? It’s an easy way to grab a moment of childhood; a chance where you can watch your little one be completely immersed in the joy of picking out that 25-cent gumball.
So why then, are gumball machines such a source of distress for so many parents? I’ve seen kids dragged by the arm, snapped at, threatened with punishment, and well you get the idea…because they had the nerve to say, “Can I have a piece of gum?” I know there are times when you really do have to rush, but there are also many times when you really don’t. How long anyway does it take to get that piece of gum? As long as it takes you to go through a drive-through and get a cup of coffee, or a Diet Coke?
I say let the kids be kids, and the next time they ask, “Mommy, please, please, please?” remember that there aren’t going to be a lot of moments in life when you get to make your children so thoroughly happy for nothing more than a quarter.