Chocolate Philosophy Blows My Mind

by Jenny Hansen

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 smiles and moans usually reserved for a romantic getaway.

When my mother-in-law passed away a few years back, we did 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.

I was tentative about buying chocolate for the first year after her death because:

  1. We really didn’t need any more
  2. I was afraid it would make my honey sad

One night, in anticipation of a Friday night romantic evening, I bought a bag 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!” We both agreed that the message was extremely high on the Blog Zen scale.

When his next foil said, “Ignite your sense of adventure.” We HAD to start pulling the old Chinese Fortune Cookie trick and adding “in bed” to the end of every message.

(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 kept picking winner chocolates. 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.
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 the next morning in anticipation of writing a post.) [I told you. Chocolate Freaks.] We were convinced that Chocolate Philosophy exists, even if it takes 27 squares of Dove and at least a bottle of wine to get to it.

What do you think? Do you ever incorporate little everyday things like fortune cookies, trivia napkins and chocolate wrappers into your life philosophy? Continue the discussion at the #SocialIn hashtag on Twitter or SocialInDC on Facebook!

~ Jenny


About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 18 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works. When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm.

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