I put my hand into the bag and with joyous anticipation draw out one sweet and creamy nugget. I take it back to where I am writing and begin the process of removing it from its cellophane wrapper.
I slip one fingernail into the triangular fold of plastic at one end and pull. It does not budge. I give it more effort and attention and try again. Nothing. I walk over to the cabinet, pull a paring knife from the drawer, and slip it under the fold. “Snap.” Success! I drop the knife back into the drawer and return to my computer.
The fold on the other end comes up easily, so I start working on grasping the overlap in the middle. I can almost taste the candy. Yum… Wait! Where is the overlap? My fingers fumble around every part of the wrapper. No luck. Why can’t I find it? My aggravation surfaces.
“Whose idea was it to buy these stupid things anyway?” I ask aloud to no one in particular. I grudgingly remember…it was mine.
My lip curls on one side and my eyes narrow. I could give up. Heaven knows I do not need this piece of candy, but my frustration and my pride have other plans. Seriously, how hard can it be to remove a candy wrapper?
I study and tug, but with each pull I only succeed in snapping off tiny little pieces of cellophane.
“Thin, cheap stuff,” I mutter under my breath. “Why can’t they wrap these stupid things in wax paper with twisted ends like Grandma use to do?” I continue picking away.
Eventually, with a mountain of cellophane bits piled up on the napkin, I raise the caramel to make sure every last bit of plastic is gone. I can almost hear the hallelujah chorus and see the golden light beaming from around the treasured confection.
“To the winner goes the spoils.” Isn’t that how that old saying goes? I have waited for this moment for nearly ten minutes. This better be the best caramel ever!
I slowly bite into the candy. With each chew, my spirit sinks a little lower.
Well…that was disappointing. I sweep the multitude of cellophane bits into my hand, throw them away, and return to my writing.
One thing is for sure, this experience will make dieting a little easier.