It’s that time of year again when candy is EVERYWHERE.
For us, there are two times when this post is most salient – Halloween and Easter.
We’re getting invitations for Easter egg hunts all this week, and so I’m thinking ahead to what to buy to stuff in those Easter eggs, and also what to do with the candy that comes back inside them.
You can fit a few inside each egg and they’re made using organic cane sugar, which means you aren’t dealing with sugar sourced from genetically modified corn (always the cheapest source – ever wonder why conventional candy is so darned cheap?).
So that takes care of my responsibility about what I’m putting out there for our neighborhood kids to eat, but what about what’s coming IN to the house?
Enter the Detroit Gun Buy Back Program, no questions asked. I essentially implemented the same rules as the Detroit Gun Buy Back Program, substituting candy for firearms. Each piece of candy has a monetary value, and their job is to count out the candy, group it, and calculate how much money they will get for it. (I do have one kid with a sweet tooth, so there is also a sub-category of candy where it can be traded on a one-for-one to comparable organic candy.)
My kids get to participate in the hunts alongside their friends, experience the joy of finding and the surprise of opening, but they don’t have to harm themselves eating what’s inside.
As a side note, in my reading about gun buy back programs, one of the gun-activists’ concerns about “no questions asked” as a policy was that criminals might steal guns from other criminals in exchange for cash. The idea of that cracks me up because I love a good schaudenfreude.