Thursday, January 27, 2011

Peeps Going Postal! (A Mama Kat's Writing Workshop Prompt)

It is Wednesday night, which means whipping up a post based on a Mama Kat's writing prompt.This week, the random number generator treated me to this:

Write a love poem to a favorite food.

The chosen food? A no brainer.

The poem? Well ... the idea turned my brain to ...


You beckon me from the seasonal aisle

Pink, lavender, yellow, mint green, baby blue, tangerine

Your tiny eyes ask, "are you gonna eat the top first"?

I make the challenging color decision,

Do a private happy dance if there is a new color

I head to office supplies

I need a padded envelope for you, precious cargo

It costs more to send you than it does to buy you

But you need one more ingredient to taste perfect

The US Postal Service 

You need to get from Florida to Connecticut

Nestled in an envelope

A quickly scrawled note taped to your wrapper

Happy Spring!

Peeping in to say hi!

A new color!

Chocolate covered! Who knew?!

It's a tradition honoring a friendship that started in 1989

A Northern "chick" and a Southern "chick" discovering common ground

through your adorable, sugary tastiness

One friend stayed North, the other went back South

Now you travel 1,207 miles each way

It's not just two friends celebrating anymore

Four children have grown up knowing the handwriting on the envelopes that means

You peeps will taste extra special

Because you've "gone postal" and delivered the sweetness of friendship

Tenley (my daughter), Me, Audrey

The next generation of peep lovers (and maybe mailers!) Kimberly (Audrey's daughter) and Tenley



Anonymous said...

I love your tradition! This post make me miss my best friend. We live far away now and only see each other a couple times a year.

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Snuggles (poster above)...hi Snuggles!

My mom makes Peeps a food group. She prides herself on being a "Peep Purist," meaning she won't eat any variation on a Peep...just the traditional peeps with no frills! She's obsessed with them!

Great post! Nice to see you over from the workshop! I took the same prompt too, but wrote an ode to a stale cookie!

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome tradition.

Ours? Blowing them up in the microwave. Barbaric, yet hilarious.

Here from Mama Kat's. Great post!

Carrie said...

That is such a cool tradition...however, I must admit I have never ever in my life had a Peep...

Visiting from Mama Kat's

Jen said...

Peeps are awesome for blowing up with fireworks. ;)

Tonya said...

Peeps are just too good and you're right, nothing says happy spring like a big ole box of 'em. Yum!

Stopping by from Mama Kat's

BalancingMama (Julie) said...

Mmm, Peeps! And what an adorable tradition! We don't send enough "real" mail anymore.

Visiting from MamaKat's!
-Julie from

Mommysstillfabulous said...

I freaking love Peeps. I am from the town where they are made, and my dad does some consulting for Just Born, their company... Yeah, I am FULLY STOCKED with Peeps... Love it.

People either love them or hate them. I don't know what's not to love about suger coated marshmallows, but whatever.

Maya said...

What an awesome tradition! My husband is a big Peeps fan and he likes to open the package a few days before he plans to eat them so they get nice and stale.

~ Maya aka @MarfMom

Alicia said...

I love this post! First of all, the subject matter is so tasty. Secondly, the poetry is wonderful. Here is the big question: Do you like them fresh or stale? I like them when they are still soft, fresh and mushy. My husband likes them to sit out for several days. Either way, I never pass them up!

Astro said...

I haven't seen this brand around here.. I too love eating Marshmallows..

Mama Kat said...

Well I'm glad SOMEBODY eats those things! And here all this time I thought the were all going to waste. ;)

LOVE your tradition!!

mmc67 said...

Popping in from That Shaker of Salt to say I love your tradition.