Jenna had made a gumdrop ornament in preschool one year. We’ve had it for four or five Christmases now. The neighbor asked if he could eat it.
“The candy is really old. It probably doesn’t taste good. And it may make you sick either way.”
He had invited himself to decorate or tree. I thought that was presumptuous of him. But it was dark. I couldn’t see well. Roland had gone into the other room. And so I left Jenna and Trume to decorate (they actually were better at spreading out the ornaments than Ooki had been with his first tree).
Before he returned home, I gave him a small tree that we had put in Jenna’s room last year. I had confiscated the gumdrop ball and put it on the tree the next day when I could actually see what I was doing.
After a week I noticed that the small tree had been returned. I also noticed the gumdrop ball had been ripped apart as there were gumdrops and toothpicks all over the table. I was upset not because of the ornament itself, but the possibility that someone had eaten these stale gumdrops. Jenna claims she doesn’t even like spice gumdrops. Why would she do that?
I didn’t realize that the gumdrops had been used to decorate the smaller tree. And actually they do look nice – but they don’t seem to stay. It was a cute idea. She said they looked like Christmas lights. Her creativity made me smile.
We no longer have the gumdrop ball ornament. After Christmas, the pulled off gumdrops will also be trashed.