Life is like a box of chocolates

This is a classic line by Sally Field in the Tom Hank’s film Forrest Gump, followed by
‘You never know what you’re gonna get….’

When I was considerably younger, a significant size box of chocolates was always presented in what would be termed now as a ‘posh box’. Some would have a beautiful picturesque scene on it whereas others had a ribbon and bow on the top.
Mum loved chocolate, especially cherry liqueurs and I think it was my Dad who bought her a rather large box of them for a special occasion.
The box was cream and red with pictures of the cherries, both whole and cut in half to show the liqueur inside, on the lid. It had a huge red satin bow, but the top came off like the picture above so the box could be used again when it was empty rather than thrown away.

I was visiting them on my own one weekend and saw the box on the chair by Mum’s seat.
Being rather partial to them myself, I asked if I could have one.
Mum was a bit vague, so I had to clarify my request, and she said of course.
All was revealed when I opened the lid.
Not a chocolate in sight. Not even a wrapper.
Instead, there were several neat rows of hair curlers and hair pins, plus a blue hair net.
Mum came in and was laughing softly to herself.
I laughed too, and said
‘I suppose you’d like me to wash and set your hair then.’
It was one of the simple pleasures she enjoyed, having her hair done, be it at home or at the hairdressers. I loved to do it too, though I never cut or permed it, but a shampoo and set became a regular thing. 

This is actually one of the last pictures of her I have and I’ve used it a lot. It was taken in Sept 2016 and she’d just come back from the hairdresser.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Life is like a box of chocolates

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    What a sweet story (literally). My mother also loved chicolate and cherry liquers were her favourites as well. And I remember those boxes. My mother kept cards she’d received in hers.

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