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.