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the proverbial box of chocolates

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 21, 2008

Last week I received a delicious box of American chocolates from a visiting friend. Because it was warm, I put them in the refrigerator and promptly forgot about them until Saturday morning, when I decided that they would be the perfect thing for a pre-workout snack.

Yes, I know: not exactly the fitness experts’ recommended meal. But chocolate sounded good.

And the piece of chocolate that I ate was indeed delicious – particularly since the cold slowed its melting.

But the piece of chocolate that I ate was not the first one I pulled from the box.

Growing up, Sporty Diamond’s and my mother wanted to encourage us to try new things – to take risks without getting stuck with the full weight of the consequences should our risk-taking not work out.

In our family, the benefits of risk-taking were illustrated through chocolates.

We are not a fruit-filling family: no chocolate-covered cherries, raspberry-cream-chocolates, or orange chocolates for us. We like coffee, mint, and, er, chocolate. That’s all. So for us, risk-taking became connected to community building.

How? With the one-bite rule. We were allowed to reject any chocolate after one test bite, but we were required to warn other family members that the deceptively mint-chocolate’y appearing square with dark piping was actually a cherry cordial.

So I’m giving you all fair warning: the deceptively mocha-chocolate’y looking square with milk chocolate piping was actually maple

Risk management, here I come 🙂 .


2 Responses to “the proverbial box of chocolates”

  1. intlxpatr said

    EEEeeeewwwwwww! So after one bad bite, it goes back into the box???

    Just buy chocolate truffles, the chocolate chocolate ones! Giraoui? Jeff de Bruges?

  2. loool no no no one bite and then into the TRASH.

    I don’t see Ghraoui sold here, oddly enough, although Patch is ubiquitous. But in any case when its a gift one can’t really say “what’s in the box?” 🙂

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