• Welcome to Parenthood: Want some candy?


    Belle PEZ DispenserThough I do not consider myself a collector of PEZ dispensers, I do have an assortment of the candy-disgorging hinged heads and I keep most of them on a shelf above the television in the living room. Every once in a while, I fill Batman or Spider-Man or Darth Vader with candy and give the dispenser to Kyle, who proceeds to eat every piece in a matter of about ten minutes.

    Some time ago, my niece—who is, as one might expect a young girl to be, a fan of the Disney princesses—gave me a Belle 1The “Beauty” in Beauty and the Beast. PEZ dispenser. Disney princesses aren’t really my thing, 2Exception to the rule: Jasmine is hot. but it was a gift and I like PEZ dispensers so I gave Belle a place on the shelf next to Spider-Man and Chewbacca and the Unnamed Snowman.

    Kyle and I have been enjoying LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga on the Xbox 360, so lately the Darth Vader 3“Darf Vay-to!” says Kyle. PEZ dispenser has been in heavy rotation, but something absolutely magical happened last weekend: after R2-D2 and C-3PO 4“Artie-pee-oh!” says Kyle. escaped from the besieged blockade runner, Tantive IV, Kyle wanted some PEZ.

    “Daddy,” he said. “I want some candy. I want yellow Princess Leia.”

    I’ll admit that it took me awhile to parse his words, but when I finally figured out what my young apprentice wanted, my heart was filled with joy. My son looked at Belle and saw Princess Leia dressed in yellow.

    That’s my boy.

    1 The “Beauty” in Beauty and the Beast.
    2 Exception to the rule: Jasmine is hot.
    3 “Darf Vay-to!” says Kyle.
    4 “Artie-pee-oh!” says Kyle.