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 🙂 .