By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:18 PM EST
Grandpa being an excellent card player, he always had a big basket of his winnings on top of the refrigerator, and many a time I saw him split a package of Twinkies with my baby sister.
You'll notice I was the observer here. He didn't like me well enough to share Twinkies with me.
And then there was Edwin, a legendary copy boy at the Indianapolis News. Edwin was developmentally disabled and as such, he valued routine. And so his lunchbox, packed daily by his mother, always contained chicken-and-stars soup, white bread, vanilla wafers, and a Hostess Twinkie.
Every single day. Every single day, that is, except one.
One day, Edwin's mom forgot the Twinkie. He was beside himself with worry and anger. He went through every drawer of every desk in the city room looking for his Twinkie. He accused every one of us, in turn, of stealing it. He refused to accept a replacement Twinkie from the vending machine upstairs.
It wasn't until we called his Mom and she confessed that she'd forgotten to pack it that day that we got him calmed down, and even then not much. I'm pretty sure he went to his grave thinking someone had stolen it.
Edwin would not have taken the Twinkie news well, is what I'm trying to say.
But as I said, I'd be surprised if the Twinkie were well and truly dead.
I'm certain it will be resurrected by the snack food industry. And if not, I still won't mourn.
I would only do that for Tastykakes.
© 2012 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.
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