Childhood Love

Ring Pops take me back to a time where relationships were innocent, well if you can even call them relationships. In my elementary school, we had a roller skating party once or twice a year. Once for 1st-3rd graders, and then again for 4th-6th graders. I still remember my first grade skating party. I was six years old and already interested in the boys.


When a slow song came on, I would hold hands with one of the boys in my grade and skate around the rink. But there was one boy I really liked who hadn’t yet asked me, or any other girl, to skate. His name was Brandon. When the last slow song for the night came on, Brandon came up to me and asked me to skate. I of course said yes and we skated around the rink together.

Afterwards I asked him why he hadn’t skated with any other girls during the party. He said it was because he only wanted to skate with me. (I can hear you all saying awww right now) Then he bought me a ring pop. It was strawberry, which instantly became my favorite. Buying someone a 25 cent ring pop in elementary school was the way to show your affection. That was the first time a boy bought me a ring pop, so it stuck with me!

Of course, the following year Scott moved away. I saw him once many years later in high school but I didn’t think he’d remember me. Maybe if I ever see him again, I’ll ask him if he remembers me. But even if I never see him again, we’ll always have strawberry ring pops.

Until next time, this is Kandy K…..stay sweet!

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