In second grade, we were allowed to bring cough drops to school and keep them in our desks. Since I had a cough, my mother let me take an orange box of Luden's Originals to school. They were as big as footballs and had a barely tolerable, medicinal taste.
I was the new kid on the block, as usual, since my family moved on the average of once every two years, which I hated, by the way. Just as soon as I felt warm and woolly, and made a few friends, it was time to pack up and hit the road. But, I digress. Anyway, I was clueless as to the "cough drop protocol" at my new school.
Psst. I'll trade you cough drops. The girl with the curly red hair whispered to me, when the teacher turned her back.
She took a little round red piece from a funny looking white box with two old men on the front, and handed it over, under my desk. I had never tasted anything so mouth-watering-good as a Smith Brothers wild cherry cough drop. I was in heaven. It was even better than my favorite butterscotch Lifesavers.
Bleh! What's this? She whispered loudly, spitting my sticky Luden's football into her hand.
What I didn't realize, was that cough drops were the approved "candy of choice" at school. Everyone had a "cough" and brought delicious wild cherry ones to enjoy on long snowy afternoons. When I asked my mother if I could please have some Smith Brothers cherry flavored, she refused, because they were "just like candy" and didn't work for coughs. Hmm. Little did she know.
I finally got rid of a pesky cough that's been bothering me for months. My grown-up cough drop of choice is Ricola sugar free cherry. It brings back delicious memories of lovely borrowed Smith Brothers. But, if you're in need of a really high powered drop, forget the Luden's
and go for straight for the Fisherman's Friends, my friends.