Candy! #JusJoJan

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Tomorrow for Monday’s Music Moves Me, we’re building playlists about sweet things, like candy. Funny how that would be the subject for the last day of Just Jot It January 2021.

When I was in grammar school, there was a small grocery store across the street from school. It didn’t sell many groceries, but it sold a lot of candy, gum, Hostess pastries, soda, and other junk food that kids like, especially after a hard day at the hands of the Sisters. I think the only way the store stayed open was sales of junk food to schoolkids. Now, of course, you’d have parents outside protesting the place…

It was a different world then. The candy bar you bought and ate was of no consequence, because the calories in it would be burned off in the walk home. The wax tubes filled with colored sugar water you bought and consumed before crossing Loyola Avenue for the afternoon session (and God help you if you were to bring any kind of consumable onto the school grounds) were essential to staying awake from 12:45 to 3:15, when you usually had reading, religion, and spelling (all the harder classes were in the morning, when they knew you’d be more alert). And the bottle of Pepsi or 7-up you had after school gave you the energy you needed to get home, put on your play clothes, and go out and play until dinnertime.

At least, that’s how we justified it…

This is the last Just Jot It January entry for 2021. I want to thank Linda Hill, who put the whole thing together and gave us a place to dump our pingbacks.

22 thoughts on “Candy! #JusJoJan

  1. Penny Candy, chocolate, those straws holding this very sour candy dust stuff…frankly that was just pure sugar. I loved these lollypops that were round with a middle band around the centre. They would be in pastel colours-2 tones in yellow and green or green and pink, etc… I loved them because I love the chalky texture and how it melted in my mouth.


  2. I remember a candy store a few blocks from my childhood home. The highlight of my day was to ride my bike to the candy store and buy chocolate covered in gold foil. We used to ride our bikes everywhere even to school. Mind you, this was when Orlando, FL was a small town – before the mouse as the locals used to say (before Disney World). Those were the days – sigh.


    1. When I was in high school, I and quite a few others rode our bikes to school, and I’d ride mine to work. In fact, I used to ride into Chicago to see friends, 12 miles one way…

      Florida away from the coasts (and Disney World) is a lot like Georgia, isn’t it?


  3. I wrote a line about the no calorie candy which was really a more active Jilly. We walked or biked everywhere. No staying indoors for us. Being told to go outside and not come back until the street lights came on. Those were the days.


    1. Exactly. I don’t think kids eat any differently today than they did when we were kids. They just aren’t as physically active. They don’t walk anywhere, they don’t go to the park or spend time outside, and spend all their time staring at screens.

      I remember walking a couple of miles every Friday just to get the WLS Silver Dollar Survey at a record store. Dumb? Yes, but it was something to do, and I liked hiking up there and back. I estimate I ate about 3000 calories a day and only weighed 140 lb.

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