Thursday, March 31, 2005

Life is like a box of chocolates

You never know what you are going to get.

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The same could be said for inlaws.

The first time you look into the new box of chocolates, they all look so nice. They may be different colors, some a tad oddly shaped, but for the most part, they are shiny and appealing. Then, you take a taste.

Now, the head honcho chocolate, the one you married, he is usually your favourite. He is the caramel, gooey, sweet one. He is the one that you always choose first, then you are stuck with the whole box.

Now, the next one you try.........oh, it looks is nice and shiny and tempting, you hold it close for a while, examining it, looking for something.........nothing, it is just so delicious looking, you jump in with both feet.............COCONUT!!!!!! BLECH!!! You have that icky texture and that taste in your mouth ICK!!! You had no idea that something so foul could come from the same box as that sweet caramel you are married to. Sadly, the coconuts do not all look a like, so you may encounter more than one.......and that bad taste never really leaves your mouth.

Next, you are a lot more take your time picking out one that looks appealing. You inspect it much more carefully, looking for outward signs that something icky might be lurking inside. You turn it over and over and over in your starts to melt a little, you lick your far so good. You poke at it a bit, trying to see if you can coax out a little filling, before you bite.....doesn't really work. You take a small nibble. Vanilla cream. Not vile, not icky, but kind of boring. You can live with boring once in a while, and it doesn't attack your senses at all. Not a bad choice.

This time, you go for something that is not as pretty a shape as the others. It looks lumpy and strange........but at the same time, intriguing. This one looks like it could be a lot of fun! You throw caution to the wind and take a big bite! RUM TRUFFLE!!! JACKPOT! This is almost as good as the caramel. This one always shakes up the box with that unexpected rush. It comes on strong, but it is okay, since there is enough sweetness to temper it. You definitely want this one around at all the get togethers.

Now, you are feeling like a pretty good judge of chocolates. You are thinking, "I know how to pick them". You figure you will not be fooled again. You take a dive into the box, and pick out something interesting. It has a nice smooth finish, looks absolutely perfect. It is a little irregularily shaped, but no problem, you got lucky with that last time. You pop the whole thing in your mouth expecting the absolute best surprise. You get have encountered a nut. At first, it tastes mainly of chocolate, but as you chew, the sharp little pieces start to be uncomfortable, the taste is overwhelming, the texture unpleasant. It confuses and upsets you.....then you remember, every box of chocolates has at least one. Personally, I have seen whole boxes dedicated to the fact, I am pretty sure that is where I came from!


Shiela said...

So how many different real life events can we apply this entry too! I loved it! You're such a good writer! And I agree - coconut is vile! That's why I stick to the boxes of chocolates that come w/ maps! No surprises! LOL

Sarah said...

Oh yeah baby!! Soooo true. Yeah, who doesn't love the caramel filled ones and the choco marshmallowy whipped ones...why do they even put any icky ones in there.... I wish families came with maps like Shiela said. My MIL is a nut and I would like to have known that.

Gina in N'Awlins said...

The thing is - in an entire box of chocolates, maybe one or two are spectacular - the rest are mostly ordinary, and so many are just icky and cause me to question the integrity of the candy-makers . . . I guess appreciating the ordinary ones would be very uplifting . . . I think I'll try to do just that.

Carmel said...

This is one reason I break them apart first before I eat the chocolate - I don't want to find that coconut one. Blech.

I love to read your blog....except now I feel a need to eat a piece of chocolate. :o)

Sheri said...

LOVED this analogy of family & chocolates. My family's chocolates are mostly those nutty ones competing with each other to be the life of the party.

I've got to share this with my mom - she'll get a big kick out of it.

You're a very good writer!

lisabazillionkds said...

I love it Rissy :)
Very true!
You need to buy Godiva chocolates ;) They are all good!