When I was a kid, we used to spend every day at the Tionesta beach. It was wonderful basking in the sun, preparing ourselves for skin cancer, learning about swimming and other kids and fish and crawdads. One of my favorite memories of the beach was the concession stand. They sold all sorts of junk there and we got a quarter to spend each day.
They sold frozen candy bars and popscicles and fun-dip and wacky wafers. I love sugary candy. It’s a terrible weakness that I still carry. Probably my all time favorite thing to buy was swedish fish. I guess they were a precursor to gummy-bears? Anyhow, I like the red ones. They sold swedish fish at the beach for a penny each….bag included! Just about every day, I would get a little sandwich bag full of 25 swedish fish…the red ones.
I have eaten them since then, but it is fairly uncommon for me nowadays. The other day though, I was passing through a store and saw a bag of swedish fish. The are significantly more expensive now than the used to be. I didn’t count, but I suppose they cost at least 2 pennies each now. Anyhow, I bought a bag…the red ones. I ate the whole bag by myself the day I bought them. That’s right, 1400 calories of red sugary goodness! I skipped breakfast and lunch and figure I broke even for the day.
I got another bag a few days later and spaced them out a bit. I figured that buying swedish fish this way wasn’t sustainable though. I decided to try my hand at a breeding program. I looked very carefully and choose a male and female swedish fish and put them in a fishbowl I had laying around at the house. I do have some experience with fish reproduction (a story for another time), so I figure it ought to be a piece of cake. Anyhow, I expect to be up to my eyes in swedish fish in just a few days. I’ll be taking orders soon!
Do you have anything from your childhood like in which you still indulge now and then?