But something else happens when your kids get older. They get sneakier.
Which is why I didn't get to pilfer much of their Halloween candy this year. Oh, the tragedy!
Usually I confiscate it after Halloween night, putting it somewhere they can't reach. Then I dole it out here and there when they
But this year something changed. Because I keep finding wrappers around that I know I didn't dish out - the "premium" stuff that normally I would have eaten myself. Then the other day, when I dipped my hand into the candy bucket for some chocolate, I was shocked to find only mini-bags of pretzels and a few random Smarties and some individually-wrapped LifeSavers ... you know, the last-resort stuff that no one wants to eat. This indicates to me that at some point in the recent past, my kids probably devised a plot to distract me while someone nimble climbed up to the top of the refrigerator and quickly skimmed all the really good goodies.
It was further confirmed when I was cleaning off my nine-year-old's desk and found this:
A sucker. Hidden inside the front panel of his printer. Not that a sucker is "the good stuff," exactly, but I have a feeling it's just the last of a sizable hoard that was once stashed there.
Next year I'm raiding the bucket early and amassing my own stash and hiding it separately. Or maybe I'll just go on a diet and not eat any Halloween candy.
Heh! Who am I kidding? Time to start scouting for good hiding places. I have a whole year.