In Growing Up: A Classic American Childhood, Marilyn vos Savant, author and Parade columnist, suggests that there are certain things it is ideal to be able to accomplish by the time one turns 18. One of the things Marilyn vos Savant suggests is being able to blow out a dinner candle without getting wax all over the tablecloth. As a child, I remember how much I loved being asked to help put out my nana’s candles after dinner (it might have been my favorite part of the meal!) When I was too young to understand that wax belongs on the candles, not on the tablecloth, I got to use what we called a candle snuffer to put out the candles. When I got older, I was allowed to blow out the candles, as long as I did it gently. I have to admit, learning how to blow out candles without sending wax flying also helped at birthday parties– nobody likes wax on their birthday cake!