Here’s to Your Heath

Disclosure Statement: As a young person I may not have been the most attentive reader.

My grandmother Emily and her sister, my great aunt Mina, were both staunch health food fanatics — even though my grandmother smoked Lucky Strikes.

Our summer visits to their home in Arizona included an array of culinary experiences.  Wheat germ flakes and raw goat’s milk were offered — very different from what I was used to. My sisters and I quickly came to the conclusion that “health food” was a secret code for bad tasting food.

As a kid, with a dime burning a hole in my pocket at the candy counter at Clark’s newsstand I had to decide what bar of candy would be mine: 3 Musketeers, Payday, Snickers, Nestle’s Crunch…but never the lowly Heath Bar.

Remember here, I was not a great reader.

I thought that was a “Health” Bar! 

Imagine my surprise when I finally had the courage to try a Heath Bar. Maybe I was just desperate for a sugar hit?? but I thought, ‘Wow, this is the best “health food” I have ever eaten!”

I stopped to read the wrapper again. HEATH not HEALTH. What a difference a letter makes. To this day I still can’t look at a Heath bar without a wry smile.

How important it is to read carefully.

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