I love sweets and snacks and eat way too many of them. Dark chocolate tops my list of favorites by way more than a mile, and I'd rather eat dessert than a delicious meal any time. So it's no surprise that certain people in my life are associated with sweets and snacks, and when I see or hear about these items, I think about those people.
My son = Tostitos
My daughter = Doughnuts
My dad = Circus peanuts (yeah, those weird orange things)
My mom = Jelly beans
My grandpa = Chocolate covered cherries
My father-in-law = Snickers
For instance, when I'm walking my dog and see a discarded Mountain Dew can, I think about my husband. And then I pick up the can and toss it in a recycling container because people shouldn't litter. Hopefully it wasn't my husband. Or when I sashay through the candy aisle at our local Fleet Farm, I catch a glimpse of circus peanuts and it's like my dad is standing right next to me.
So, you get the picture. If I added myself to the list, dark chocolate M&Ms would be behind my name. And now that I think about it, M&Ms end up in every middle grade story I write. No coincidence there whatsoever, I'm sure.
So what about you? Do foods remind you of people? What food goes behind your name?