When I opened the Oct. 28 Parade, I noticed a change in of one of our Halloween traditions on the cover. As a kid, we enjoyed the annual “ducking for apples” and “apples on a string.” But the Parade cover shows a mom and daughter with doughnuts on a string.
What has changed over the past years in our diet is the addition of food such as doughnuts and the elimination of things like apples — “They keep the doctor away,” said my grandmother.
Our kids and grandkids will still duck for apples and play apple on a string this year. Not necessarily because of our interest in nutrition, but, equally, because of our interest in American tradition.
Tom Walby, Palmetto Bay