Milk Duds  

Monday, April 5, 2010

About 30 years ago I opened a box of Milk Duds and found a tee shirt offer inside the box. I thought it was the most pecular thing. I wanted one. Can you imagine a woman wearing a bright yellow tee shirt that said MILK DUDS in huge brown letters across her chest? well I threw the box away thinking I'd catch the next box and send off for my tee shirt then. Needless to say, I never found another Milk Duds offer inside a box of Milk Duds. Maybe someone figured it out and quit printing the offer. I can't think of any guy who would wear a shirt like that so the offer was pretty much a waste.

Fast forward to one of my and Rach's conversations getting to know one another. I tell her this story about the Milk Duds tee shirt offer and she finds it as funny as I do. No real surprise there, and its so not my point.

This past Christmas, Rach ended up having a Milk Duds tee shirt made, too perfect. I'm a lot older and the shirt wouldn't be a lie at all. But she gave it to her sister instead. Which was hysterical, because her sister had a double masectomy, those puppies really are Milk Duds.

 I jokingly asked if she would wear it when she came for dinner.

So as not to disappoint, Rach's sister came through the door wearing the bright yellow tee shirt with the BIG BOLD BROWN LETTERS..... MILK DUDS across her chest. What a trooper she is. What a fun lady. Now I'm wondering if we can't start a trend with other breast cancer survivors. You would have to have a sense of humor to get through what that poor woman went through. I'm sure there are other women out there who would wear a shirt like that proudly. I say proudly because they are alive to wear it.

 Though not funny at the time, I think maybe that tee shirt was just the thing to bring about a smile when one was sorely needed, and although she probably won't wear it on a regular basis, it's great to know she could wear it proudly for even just one day. And yes we all laughed.  

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5 comments: to “ Milk Duds

  • Von
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 2:38:00 AM PDT  

    Onya!!What are Milk Duds?I understand the joke and courage but not the product.

  • maybe
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 7:29:00 AM PDT  

    Von - Milk Duds are a chewy chocolate-covered carmel candy. Delicious but terrible for your teeth, especially for anyone with crowns! (maybe that's why I never see adults eating them!)

    I like the idea of the tee shirt, could even be a fundraiser (for those with the right sense of humor).

  • Lori A
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 10:14:00 AM PDT  

    LOL sorry Von, never thought that Milk Duds would be a problem for anyone to understand. Been around as long as I can remember. Yes they are little round caramels covered with a thin layer of chocolate and are very chewy. I have no idea where they got their name, or why, but the shirt is priceless.

    Maybe, I have pulled my cap off 3 times with Resiens. Even worse than milk duds. I would stay away form them for so long I forgot why, and as soon as the cap came off, I would remember. It's hell to get old.

  • rachael
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 7:23:00 PM PDT  

    SHE LOVES THAT SHIRT!! she admitted that if i had given it to her on the FIRST christmas after the humor would have been lost. but this past one-the gloves were off and she could laugh right along with me.
    breast cancer is a horrible thing. all of 2008 was consumed with this. but now-she is alive, she is strong and has a whole new lease on life.

    my sister is awesome, on many levels.

  • Von
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 9:13:00 PM PDT  

    Awesome, don't you love a survivor!
    Thanks for explaining about milk duds, I only know about Hershey Bars,someone brought me some from Chicago once, loved'em.


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