My brother, Jerry, who lives in North Carolina, sent me a present this year, which included some chocolate covered cherries, the importance of which I didn’t understand, and dispatched them quickly, which means I ate everyone. After all, they were Godiva.
When I talked to him Christmas Eve, he told me he forgot to send along the story that goes with the chocolate covered cherries which would explain their significance..
He sent it to me, and I post it here.
“This is just another Christmas story but a true one that has never been told before.
“Every Christmas my Mother always included a box of chocolate covered cherries in her gifts to my Grandmother. Now my Grandmother had two prevalent sayings, “make do”and “save it for good”. And most everything on my Grandparents table was home grown or made from scratch so you would find little of what my Grandmother called “store bought” in her cupboard or pantry. So the chocolate covered cherries were a real treasure to her and I could imagine that she savored every bite when she sat down and experienced one of her moments of “good”.
“And those moments of “good” must have been rare because her Christmas box of chocolate covered cherries would last sometimes until Spring. And how did I know? Because on occasion our folks “farmed” us out to my Grandparents place in the country for the weekend so they could spend some alone time together. And on one those weekends in the early Spring to my surprise my Grandmother offered me one of her treasured chocolates. And even at my young and tender age I recognized the true value of the gift she was giving me.”