I had one of those moments yesterday (and do every other Friday at school). Every other Friday, our students who haven't missed a day or been tardy or had a behavior problem are rewarded with popcorn. Since we are a school of 600 + making bags of popcorn isn't logical. So, they use one of these:
Anyway, how does this relate to popcorn? My grandfather had one of these old fashion machines (his was really old fashion) at the front of his store. When there were events downtown and on the weekends, he would make up some popcorn and sell it for a quarter a bag. The smell of fresh popped buttered popcorn would fill the store. I have so many wonderful memories of his store. When we didn't have school he'd let me "work". I'd mark items with the price gun. I'd check people out. I'd wrap presents. I loved wrapping presents because it meant I got to make bows with one of these
(picture found here)
I also remember buying school supplies at his store every year. And on Christmas, he'd give us money to "buy" Christmas presents for all of our family from the store. His store was around until around 2006 when he was 87 years old. But, competing with WalMart is just too much for a small local business.
My grandpa has always been a special man and I cherish my special memories I have with him. And on Fridays, when I smell the popcorn popping, I can't pass up a bag for myself. And every Friday, these memories come flooding back and I can't help but smile.