Every so often, when Parley comes home from preschool, he has a big blue bucket with him. He is always so excited as he walks up the stairs tripping over the thing, but I don't love the bucket. When Parley brings the bucket home, we are responsible for the snack next time. On the bucket hangs a tag with snack suggestions that read: cupcakes (messy, but YUM!), crackers, fruit, yogurt, popcorn (fun!), string cheese etc. Parley always wants to bring fruit snacks, which we have done. However, fruit snacks come in packs of 10, and there are 12 kids in Parley's class, so they seem a little impractical.
Parley brought the bucket home the day before the class Valentine's party. I knew they'd all be getting plenty of treats, so I sent apples and popcorn. When Parley got home, we ate Valentine treats and talked about his snack.
M: Did the kids like the popcorn?
P:We didn't eat popcorn.
M: Wait, what? Did you eat the apples?
P: Yes, we had apples and crackers.
M: You didn't have popcorn?
P: No, we just had apples and crackers.
But I sent two bags of popcorn, not crackers. So what happened to that popcorn? I had this vision of my son's two teachers getting together with friends for a movie party and eating all the popcorn that the kids brought in the big blue bucket. Pretty soon, I anticipated, 12 packs of Pepsi would appear on the suggested snack list. Then chocolate covered pretzels, Hot Tamales and Gummy Grapefruits (these are certainly everyones' favorite treats).
Today was a blue bucket day again and I didn't have time to head to the store. I looked through my cupboards and chose two packs of crackers (I learned my lesson last time) and then stumbled on a box of (12!) unopened rainbow candy canes from Christmas. I bought them for stockings, but was nervous they'd been seen beforehand, so I put them away and I had forgotten about them. I asked Parley if he'd like to share them with his class. He was thrilled. I was off the hook for fruit snacks and I could finally unload the candy canes--win, win!
When Parley came home he opened his backpack and handed me the box of candy canes.
P: My teacher said I had to give these back.
M: Wait, what?
M: Did you eat them?
M: Wait, what did you eat?
P: Crackers and a banana and apple juice.
I notice that 7 of the 12 candy canes still remained in the box.
I start to feel like Debra on Everybody Loves Raymond when she brings pretzels to her kids' soccer game and they are rejected by the coach because pretzels weren't on the approved snack list. Candy canes weren't suggested on the preschool snack list, but certainly cupcakes and candy canes fall in the same category! Like Debra I was ready to storm down there, demanding to know what was wrong with my snacks (you know me, I'm feisty like that!). Then it dawned on me--could his teacher have split the candy canes in half and given them to the children? I asked Parley once again at dinner time.
M: So Parley, did your teacher break a candy cane piece for you?
M: So you did eat some candy cane.
P: Yes but I just couldn't have a whole one.
I only wish they would have kept the other six for their movie party. Candy canes and popcorn go super well together.
P.S. I think anyone who is a preschool teacher deserves to steal any and all snacks that kids bring to school. And I really like Parley's teachers. I'm going to start sending extra popcorn just for them. And maybe Pepsi. But probably just popcorn.