Today I wandered around our office in search of something sweet and when I saw an orange tootsie pop, my eyes lit up like the Fourth of July. I quickly grabbed one and scampered off to my desk like a child that just found the last treat and didn't want to share. I took the wrapper off and I saw it, the infamous star on the outside of my wrapper. I was instantly brought back to my childhood days of begging my parents for money, so I could walk down to the gas station for a summer treat with my friends. That moment you found the star, the moment you felt like the Queen or King of the world (image below to show true excitement).
Then I got to thinking, why was the star so meaningful? Would you really get a free sucker if you found one and if so, why did I never cash in on this as a child? My mind went wild with questions, of course I couldn't move on with my day until I got to the bottom of this. As anyone would do, I pulled up Google and went to work, luckily it didn't take to long. It seems as if this is a common question, so common that Tootsie Roll Industries even addressed this question themselves.
"Since the creation of the Tootsie Pop in 1931, the meaning and origin of the shooting star on the wrapper has become a topic of discussion and has been in circulation for generations. It has been rumored that local convenience stores used to give a free Tootsie Pop to anyone who brought in a wrapper containing the image of the shooting star. Unfortunately, we do not know how this rumor started and Tootsie Roll Industries has never actually honored this promotion. In fact, the shooting star appears on 1 in every 4 to 6 Tootsie Pop wrappers, just as frequent as the other images appear. However, we do believe the star is a sign of good luck to come."
Did I read that right? Did they really just say 1 to every 4 to 6 Tootsie Pop wrappers contains a star? Why did I get so happy when I found one as a child, was it because it brought good luck? I must have found at least 20 of these as a child and there was never once a time that I didn't get a smile on my face. So where did this "rumor" even start? Was it to trick gas station attendants into giving out free suckers or was everyone in my same situation and never tried to cash them in, but stashed them away for a rainy day?
I think the truth is that someone created this "rumor" to make kids (and kids at heart) feel special and excited by something so simple and pure. This ageless "rumor" has provided me so many precious moments in life, as I look back on such fond childhood memories, I can't help but smile. It really makes me think about how things I thought were small things, turned into big things and the things I thought were big, really don't matter anymore.
So for any of you who are still reading this, most of you are probably wondering why this is on a security blog, but the truth is we are not just a security company. We are a lifestyle company and a family-owned business, we live for the small things. Each day we do our best to make sure you and your family are safe, so you get to experience all the small moments that life has to offer. So go searching for your star in life or on a wrapper, we've got your back.