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Memory sparks

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: silly, random, olden days, mom, happy, entertainment, candy, america

Triboluminescence is awesome! It used to entertain me as a child and it still entertains me as an adult. Or, to translate into Plain English: It’s awesome when you crunch on a Wint-O-Green Life Savers and it makes sparks!

That sounds like a random statement, doesn’t it? So let me back up so that you know how I got here.

Several weeks ago I bought a pack of minty Polos from a vending machine. As I popped the first one into my mouth, I was instantly reminded of how we used to enjoy WoG Life Savers as children because of the sparks.

So I posted my random memory on Facebook and enjoyed the back-and-forth comments from friends who 1) always thought it was an urban myth; 2) recalled with joy making sparks of their own; or 3) asked what Life Savers were (they’re America’s answer to Polos).

And then Mom offered to send me some.

And they arrived with an Easter parcel a few weeks ago.

And tonight, I finally broke the bag open.

And I went into the bathroom and closed the door (with the lights off).

And I chomped on a Life Savers.

And I smiled. A lot.

Now the challenge will be to not eat them all so that I can share them with my friends who never had the joy of making Life Saver sparks as children. But I bet they’ll enjoy making them as grownups!

How about you? Do you remember making Life Savers sparks when you were a kid?

Comments

I think it was your “Ant” Elizabeth who mentioned eating them in bed and watching the sparks in the darkness.  I’m glad that you have enjoyed them and I hope you’ll share a few with friends and family over there.  We could always get you another bag if necessary.  I must admit that I don’t remember ever doing that.  I do, however, remember using NECCO wafers and pretending they were communion hosts!  (I was just in 1st grade then.)

by Mom at 3:17am (GMT) on May 2nd, 2012

I don’t think I’ll need another bag—but I promise to share what I do have. Polos are a great substitute for flavour (they don’t spark though) and I’d rather have sweeties sent over that there aren’t substitutes for!

As to Communion Hosts, I remember practising with saltines in the weeks leading up to my First Communion. We took turns playing First Communion-er and Priest. But even with all that practice, I was really nervous the day of. I was afraid I would drop my wafer or forget to say Amen. (I think I did OK though.)

by Just Frances at 4:37pm (GMT) on May 2nd, 2012

Both you and Claudia were lucky to have your First Communion at Mission San Luis Rey.  I loved that they treated the entire process as a family feast and made it simple for the kids to understand.  I think we used bread chunks as a substitute when Claudia’s class practiced.  And we all sat around a large table for the “feast”.

by Mom at 12:04am (GMT) on May 3rd, 2012

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