I can't stop eating chocolate!
I blame the media. If the holidays
weren't so commercialized, companies wouldn't sell so much candy
for people to give to each other as gifts and I wouldn't be eating
so much chocolate!
Let's look back at the past few
At Christmas there were Reece's
chocolate and peanut butter Christmas trees and Nutcracker-shaped
Snickers and Butterfingers. I ate cakes and cookies at parties from
Knoxville to the Mississippi River and back. Folks, that's about
800 miles of eating, round trip, and I do mean "round," like my
We had about a month-long break while
we all (myself included) made New Year's resolutions promising to
eat healthier. But then we were off to the races for Valentine's
Day. Did you know Reece's makes chocolate and peanut butter hearts? And what is with all those big heart-shaped boxes of candy? Did you
know you can buy hundreds of those the day after Valentine's for
about 30 cents?
Now it's Girl Scout cookie time and
Easter is upon us. I can't even go into a grocery store these days.
If I'm not trying to rob a Girl Scout I'm drooling and staring at
the Reese's chocolate and peanut butter eggs conveniently placed
right at the checkout...
Now all this is bad enough but I have
sunk to a new low this week. My two-year-old daughter, Taylor Rose,
is learning to use the potty. Like her mother, she loves chocolate
candy. I promised her that every time she used the potty, I would
give her candy. So far it's working great!
However, all this pottying and candy
giving means I must keep chocolate candy in the house at all times.
Last night, after Taylor went to bed, I caught myself digging in her
candy stash, eating all the chocolate out.
I dropped the bowl. What was I going to
do when she woke up in the morning? What about when she used the
potty and I didn't have any candy to give her?
I should have stopped eating the candy
and put the bowl back right then and there. But I didn't. I think I
have a problem. Thank goodness Walmart is open 24 hours.
So if you work second or third shift
and you think you see someone who looks like me raiding the candy
aisle at 2 a.m., look away. I don't want you to see me like this.
If I can just make it through Easter,
the next holiday will be Mother's Day and I don't think Reece's
is making a mommy-shaped candy yet. Although that is a magnificent
Next come Memorial Day and the Fourth
of July. People eat healthy things like watermelon and ice cream and
big, greasy cheeseburgers with potato chips… Oh no! Somebody help
Melissa Kinton is a stay-at-home mom.
She is currently rearing one son, one daughter, two cats, two horses,
three dogs, and one husband. She may be reached at