I am really good at making candy last a long time. Ask my mom. She would find candy wrappers under my bed all year round. She probably wondered where I was getting this candy (since we didn't have candy just lying around) when, really, it was my Halloween candy from months and months earlier. (Unless Eric got to my Halloween hiding spot and ate it all, which happened once. I was afraid I would kill him and go to jail.)
Nowadays, when Robert and I have juice night, or go visit Gram and get into her candy drawer...etc., I could make it last a week, whereas Robert enjoys it right away. (This does not apply to Chocolate Chip cookies. I will eat half the dough and the remaining cookies as soon as I can. Also, there are times when I binge on candy and desserts, yes, but for the most part, I can ration like a starving sailor during a shortage. )
If there is a dessert lying around, I won't touch it until after dinner, not because I think it's bad manners to eat dessert first or pick at dinner before we actually sit down and eat...
It's because I want to enjoy it last.
I want to look forward to it for hours.
I want to eat a yummy dinner and then sit back and savor each nibble of whatever sweet thing I get to have sitting in my mouth. I want to deny myself even a crumb so when the time comes that I have nothing else to do but eat my dessert, I do just that, and I eat a lot of it.
Robert is different.
If someone made cookies and they are in sight, he'll eat one or three before dinner, and it used to bother me. But here is how I learned to take a lesson from Robert:
OCTOBER IS HALFWAY OVER AND I HAVEN'T MADE ANYTHING PUMPKIN!
I think, "Oh, October is here but I don't want to over-do it at first...I'll just wait..."
Wha...wai....What does that even mean? October is October. There is nothing like it! And here it is, the SIXTEENTH, and I don't have any decorations up or any pumpkin spice flavored dishes on the menu. I ration my enjoyment and acceptance of fall because...because...because it's a good thing and I should make it last!
Well, it comes as a surprise to me every year that I can not stop the seasons. The great thing about Utah? October will happen again. I need to enjoy something simply because it's here, and while it's here.
I guess at the very beginning we did get these great pictures while on a drive up the canyon with dad and Dana.
Now excuse me while I go do something way over-the-top with pumpkins and squash.