Chocolate is practically a religious experience for my husband’s family, especially dark chocolate. See’s Dark Nuts & Chews, dark chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s, and the ever-popular Dove Dark Chocolate Promises. These rich, dark delights elicit the kind of response usually reserved for a romantic getaway.
When my mother-in-law passed away last November, we had to do the usual life-sorting that accompanies death, only this time there was a steady stream of “presents” involved. We found a two pound box of See’s in the china cabinet, two bags of Dove in the pantry and several more packages in the freezer. There were other “goody stash” locations through the rest of the house too and it seemed like chocolate just kept popping up whenever we needed a fix.
Needless to say, I’ve been a little tentative about buying chocolate since that time because:
- We really didn’t need any more
- I was afraid it would make my honey sad
Friday, in anticipation of The Big Dinner, I bought two bags of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises – little 1 ounce foil wrapped squares of chocolate. I’m kind of a minimalist when it comes to sweets. Not because I’m so virtuous, but because too much of it makes me feel ill. So, usually at dessert time, my Honey is outpacing me by a mile.
I unwrapped my first little foil and saw the following words printed on the inside:
The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more there is in life to celebrate.
Ooooh. I handed it across the table and said, “Check this out! It’s so ‘Life List Club.'” We both agreed that the message was extremely high on the Blog Zen scale.
His next foil said, “Ignite your sense of adventure.” And of course we had to start pulling the old Chinese Fortune Cookie trick and adding “in bed” to the end of every message. We had a great time with that one too. (Remember, there was WINE involved in this dinner. We’d moved to a lovely Zinfandel port by the time we got to the chocolate so most things were funny.)
I had to stop a few foils in but I definitely opened winner chocolate. My second foil said: Take a deep breath & exhale. My third and final said:
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.
My husband’s next few were:
Stop and enjoy the chocolate aroma AND
Don’t settle for a spark…light a fire instead.
An interesting trend was that all my chocolate messages were extremely high on the Blog Zen scale and his all worked amazing with “in bed” added to the end. Coincidence or no??
27 FOILS LATER….(Yes, really. I counted them on Saturday before writing this post. I told you he loves chocolate.) We decided that there definiely needed to be a post on Chocolate Philosophy. Or two, or three…
What do you think? Do you ever incorporate little everyday things like fortune cookies, trivia napkins and chocolate wrappers into your blogs? What sorts of things inspire you to write a blog post? (The same question goes for what makes you like reading certain posts.)Is your blog writing similar or different to the other kinds of writing you do in your life? Enquiring minds always want to know about these sorts of things here at More Cowbell!
Happy Monday, y’all…