I’ve always loved Pez dispensers, but the candy is kind of nasty. I have a few dispensers packed away in a box somewhere in hopes to one day have a collection worth displaying.
When Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” debuted in 2009, I was ecstatic to find out that there was a Pez dispenser with Princess Tiana on it. Even as an adult, it was hugely impactful to me to have an African-American Disney Princess. I went on the hunt for it, but could find it nowhere. I turned to the internet and found that others were having a similarly difficult time finding her. I almost bought one on eBay for $10, but my better judgement kicked in and I let it go.
Today, I was out shopping for candy for the special Halloween bags for the kids next door, and thought that putting in a cute Pez dispenser in each bag would be a fun thing that they wouldn’t get anywhere else. The bin that held the dispensers was on the bottom shelf. Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” was the first one I saw. I grabbed it for the little girl. That’s when I noticed that the whole bin seemed to be filled with princess. I bent down to dig through to find one that was suitable for a little boy. While sifting through the pile, there she was; Princess Tiana. I couldn’t believe it. I did a little happy dance and then sat down on the floor to continue to dig through the bin. I had to find another one to send to my friend. I know I must’ve looked crazy but I didn’t care. I was determined. I was more than halfway through all of the dispensers when I found another Tiana. Since I had gotten that far, I looked through what was remaining to see if there happened to be another. There wasn’t.
On my way home, I replayed the moment I found her in my head a few times. While sitting at a stop light I chuckled as I was reminded that you tend to find what you’re looking for once you stop looking.