Sure, we all know emotional eating is bad. But there is something to be said about the childlike giddiness that naturally comes when your favorite dessert is in your midst. (Is it just me?) Adultitis melts away for a few delicious moments of sugary happiness.
When’s the last time you sat with a stack of Oreos and a glass of milk? Or how about picking out a treat for yourself from the local bakery?
When I was little my sisters (aka the K-Mart Sisters) had organ lessons every Thursday afternoon. Since I was too young to join, my mom and I would kill time by going to the bakery (I can still smell the fresh baked yumminess today!) and then to the park. Because I was four, the gingerbread men cookies were always my first choice. It’s physically impossible for a four-year-old to resist picking a cookie shaped like a man. He had raisins for eyes, for goodness sakes! This special routine was something I relished. Just “me and mom” time, a tasty treat, then off to the park for some swinging and slides.
Does life get any better?
Food (and dare I say “sweets”) has a way of connecting people.
Ever move to a new neighborhood and receive a plate of cookies from the folks next door?
Whether you’re eight or eighty-eight, it’s still thrilling to gather around a cake with your friends and family as you celebrate another year of life.
There’s something very humbling and heartwarming about the thoughtful warm coffee cake from an acquaintance, after hearing that your loved one passed away.
Surprising people with sweets is an instant ice breaker. Whenever you can strike the “childlike giddiness nerve,” (a technical term, of course) you will have a friend for life… or at least until you show up with more sweets in hand.
If you haven’t already, I can’t wait for you to read the fun article in the third issue of the Kim & Jason magazine entitled, “Why Cupcakes Take the Cake,” by cupcake connoisseur, Rachel Kramer Bussel (author of the scrumptious cupcake blog with the same name).
(Legal Disclaimer: The folks at Kim & Jason do not advocate that you eat yourself to happiness. You will end up obese. Do not sue us if this happens. “Everything in moderation.”)