Gratitude and Pumpkin Pie PopTarts

Nothing is giving me more pleasure than to write this blog post today.

This afternoon, there was a small package outside my front door.  I hadn’t ordered anything and I didn’t recognize the return address, but it definitely had my name on it.  So, bursting with curiosity, I brought it inside and opened it.

What was inside is a sweet and funny story, that I am sharing with you because you know I am always encouraging people to reach out and blog and share what they know.  Because you never know who you might help or touch with that.  And was that ever brought home to me today.

So,  I follow DeAnn Baxter, APR on Twitter.  She is a public relations professional who writes a really good blog about food trends and grocery store products called 10 Items or Less.  You should check it out; it is fascinating.  Anyway, she mentioned Pumpkin Pie PopTarts in a blog post about pumpkin foods.  If you know me, you probably know that I really love PopTarts.  And I also really like pumpkin pie.  So Pumpkin Pie PopTarts sounded like a match made in food heaven.  So, I blogged about her blog post on pumpkin products on my autumn blog.  And naturally we started tweeting about the Pumpkin Pie PopTarts…

So by this point (this is last week) it is late at night and time to go to bed.  But I cannot stop thinking about the Pumpkin Pie PopTarts and how good one would taste with a glass of milk as a bedtime snack.  It was past 11, dark of course, and raining, and you know me — I hate to drive in the dark.  But I did remember seeing them at my Safeway just two days before.  I had wanted to buy them then, but my 12 year old son — who has become a healthy food kid, don’t ask me how — said we shouldn’t have, so I passed.  I’m on a diet anyway. But I thought about them.  A lot.  And then I read the blog post…

So I suppose you can guess what happened next.  Me, driving futilely from one store to another — all sold out.  Then returning home to lament on Twitter…

So I get home today and what is on my doorstep!  A box, mailed all the way Pennsylvania, and inside there are the PopTarts!   From DeAnn!

But even better — much, much better — was this sweet Halloween card with a message that I am going to admit made me cry a little bit.

“Dear Mary,

I know it’s a little early for Halloween but with all this pumpkin on the brain, I couldn’t resist. 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my blog, your help, support, and encouragement (not to mention comments, tweets, etc.) mean so much to me.

— Well the card just got nicer and nicer.  I just never got a nicer note.  It’s on my desk now. I was so overwhelmed and happy.  It was one of the best things that has happened to me in a long time.  Don’t you think she was awesome to do it?

And I did try one of the PopTarts and oh my goodness. Best-PopTart-EVER.  Thank you, DeAnn, for making my day!

Pumpkin Pie PopTarts are the best ever. I added the pumpkin frame myself, of course. Thanks, DeAnn Baxter!


About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.

Posted on September 26, 2011, in Fletcher Prince News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Mary – your post made *my* day! It made me tear up, and then my husband read it and was wiping away tears, too! You are more than welcome, and I’m so happy you’re enjoying your Pop-Tarts! (Word on the street is that they are fat and calorie free. :D) Here’s to happy tears and all things pumpkin… 🙂


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