Saturday February 14, 2004

Candy Box Memories

Hearts Gladness is... thinking back to special times and fondly remembered moments.

When I was growing up, Valentines Day was a special day in our family. My Dad would stop by the candy shop (I can still remember the smell of that candy shop!) and buy an assortment of candies - burnt peanuts, Jordan almonds, non parels, cinnamon hearts, chocolate-covered peanuts, toffee squares. mints, M&Ms, all sorts of things, most of them small (the diameter of a quarter or less). The store packaged these in little white paper bags.

Then Dad brought the candy home and parceled it out into three small heart-shaped cardboard boxes, saved from year to year - one for my Mom, one for my sister, and one for me. After dinner on Valentines Day, we'd be presented with the boxes. Oh, how I loved that little box of candy treats, always the same yet always a bit different from year to year. I'd savor each little piece (I was the kid whose Halloween candy lasted to Christmas, Christmas candy to Valentines Day...)

Another family tradition was the Valentine's Day cards. There would usually be one or two new cards but the best cards were saved from year to year and brought out again for the occasion. It was always great fun to see the cards again. We did the same trick with Father's Day and Mother's Day cards, as well as some birthday cards. A good card should be saved and appreciated!

This year my sweetie and I are low-carbing and weight-reducing and that means no candy. So Rich presented me with a "virtual" box of candy. As it was entirely imaginary, I got to imagine what was inside it. I just know it held burnt peanuts, Jordan almonds, non parels, cinnamon hearts, chocolate-covered peanuts, toffee squares. mints, M&Ms... Ummmmmmm.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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