Writing about pop yesterday started me thinking about childhood treats. Pop was very, very rare back then. It never appeared at home, only if we were out for a day and we called at a pub on the way home. A bottle of fruit squash appeared at birthdays and Christmas but otherwise it was water or milk.
The oddest treat I can remember was sandwiches cut on the diagonal. Let me explain. In our house sandwiches were normally cut "square", i.e. the cuts were parallel to the sides of the bread. Birthday sandwiches were cut on the diagonal, as most sandwiches are cut today. Don't ask me why diagonally cut sandwiches were considered to be a treat: it's totally illogical but I think Mother was very crafty in making me THINK that they were a treat.
And maybe that's a skill which I need to re-learn, the skill of finding modest treats, inexpensive treats, simple ways of making things special. Too often treats are associated with spending money rather than taking care or using imagination. My current favourite treats of this sort are freshly ironed sheets and vegetables put onto the table in pretty serving dishes.
Anybody got any more ideas?