Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Delayed Gratification--or not

In the collective Halloween lore of our family is the near legendary story of the time my mother, as a young girl, made her Halloween candy last all the way until Easter by limiting herself to one piece a day.

As I was repeating this story for my children last night, I somehow shifted into parenting hyper-drive and turned it into a math problem. "Hey guys. It's October thirty-first. Easter is on April 8th this spring. How many pieces of Halloween candy would you need to make it last until Easter if you were eating one piece a day."

Well, they found this mildly interesting. They put their heads together and figured out, (with a little help), that there are 159 days between Halloween and Easter this year.

"So, when we get home from Trick-or-Treating, you can count your candy and see if you have enough to make it!" I concluded happily.

Silence from the back seat--then, "Are you kidding? I'm not saving my candy clear till Easter!"

"Yeah! No way!"

From all this I can only conclude that the children of today are every bit as smart as their grandparents, but lack their grandparents' discipline and attention span.

(In the light of full disclosure, I tried this myself once as a child but only made it until early December. Whether this was due to limited loot or sudden binging, I don't quite recall . . .)


more cows than people said...

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SpookyRach said...

Hee hee!

Becky Ardell Downs said...

Oh! I tried this-- I remember one time in particular that I very conscientiously limit myself to like one or two pieces of candy a day, to make it last as long as possible. What happened? My mean big sister came in and stole my stash and ate all my candy! Bleah! come to think of it, I need to bring this up with her . . . ; )