Bowl of candy

Junk Food Diaries: Falling For The Neigborhood Sweetie

Let me take you back to a special time. It was back in the mid-eighties as a young Mike was hanging out with his neighborhood friends in his good ole days of Cincinnati.

Hip hop was making it’s way onto radios and music video channels. At every party me and my crew could be seen busting out some moves on the dance floor. Nobody could break dance like me and my crew!

One morning, my boy Ralph approached us and told us about this girl he just met at the bus stop. We gathered around and listened to what he had to say:

“My girls like candy, a candy treat
She knocks me hot up off my feet
She’s so fine as can be
I know this girl is meant for me”

Oh man!

We were so excited for Ralph. For weeks we kept seeing fine girls wherever our group hung out at. Whether it was at the arcade or convince store.

In our group there was Bobby, the rebel. All the ladies seem to love his dance moves. Then there was Ricky and Ronnie. I knew them first, so I spent more time around them than the others. But we all were still pretty tight.

Ralph was our unofficially leader. He didn’t force it upon us, but we just seemed to follow him around from playground to playground.

“Candy Girl
You are my world
You look so sweet
You’re a special treat

Candy girl
All I want to say
When you’re with me
You brighten up my day”

Ralph made us all realize that the girl he met wasn’t alone. Their were more of them out there that was perfect for us all. We were now of age were it wasn’t a bad thing to talk to a girl. They were no longer icky.

I guess we were becoming mature. I started to think about this one particular girl I had my eyes on. She would smile at me whenever the neighborhood kids got together and had a massive game of freeze tag.

“All I know
When I’m with you
You make me feel so good
Through and through
The way you walk
And the way you talk
You always look so good
You make me forget my thoughts”

I was determined to find out where she lived at. I asked the crew and Ricky said he knew. That night everyone in the neighborhood would be out and about. This would be my ideal chance to meet her at her house and tell her what I think.

As nighttime approached, we put on our best clothes and marched around the neighborhood. We got nothing but complements and hi fives from others telling us how cool we looked.

I wasn’t doing this for the compliments. I wanted an answer from this girl. We’ve been flirted for weeks. It was time for me to go from a boy into a man!

We approached the door and knocked on the door. The door opened and our eyes locked. I took a big gulp and proceeded to ask her my questions.

“Do you really love me (do you really love me)
Don’t you really care (don’t you really care)
Do you really need me (do you really need me)
And will you always be there”

She said yes!

My boys started clapping as I took my special girl by the hand. She joined us as we stayed out a little bit longer that night.

The next couple of days were hard for me. While at school, she was the only thing on my mind. When I came home from school, she was the one I spent all my time with. Even some of the fellas saw a difference in me.

“Every night
And everyday
I’m always thinking of you
In every way

All I know
When I’m with you
You make me feel so good
Through and through”

I was definitely falling hard for her! Bobby warned me that I should cool it down, but I couldn’t! This was the sweetest crush turned reality I ever had!

“Candy girl
You are my world
You’re everything, everything.
Everything to me

Candy girl
All I want to say
I need your love
Each and everyday”

I wasn’t the only one that got lucky that night. All of my crew ended up with special sweet ladies of their own. One afternoon we were all hanging out with our ladies at the Bobby’s house. That’s when we all got excited an did a roll call:

“Hey fellas
What
Check out Mike & Bobby’s little lady
Ooooooh eeeeeeh
Well check out Ricky & Ralph’s
Ooooooh eeeeeeh
What about Ronnie’s
She’s bad
She’s bad
I know she’s bad”

We decided to seranade our special ladies by utilizing our rapping skills. I think it really impressed the girls:

“She walks so fast she looks so sweet
She makes my heart just skip a beat
My girl the best and that’s no lie
She tells me that I’m her only guy
That might be true but my girls a joy
She don’t play around, she’s right to the point
My girls like candy, a candy treat
She knocks me hot up off my feat”

There was no denying our love for these girls. Each was sweeter than the next.

“Ah candy
You look so sweet”

Sweet she was. She was as colorful as the rainbow!

“Ah candy
You’re a special treat”

The first time I saw her was at 7-Eleven. Who knew that one glance would turn into weeks of flirting back and forth. Now here, I was days after Halloween getting to spend quality time with her and my boys!

“Candy girl
You are my world
I need your love
Each and everyday”

I had my girl, Skittles. Ralph had his creamy rich sweetie, Reesie. Bobby had the tall slender Tootsie Pop. Ricky made sure his chocolate love, Miss Hershey, was in his hands at all time!’ Ronnie was with Kit Kat.

We were the coolest kids on the block and those were our candy girls. We could find them all in our large candy bags from that long day of trick or treating!

“Candy girl
All I want to say
You’re everything, everything
Everything to me

Candy girl
You are my world
I need your love
Each and everyday

Candy girl
All I want to say
You’re everything, everything
Everything to me”