Slim stretch

Slim stretch

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Our courtship was perfect.  Filled with flowers, jewelry, cards, and candy.  Always candy. 
As the years went by, the other gifts may have fallen by the wayside but never the candy 
because we both had a passion for chocolate.  It was the gift we could give each other on 
any occasion and know it would be hit. 
We both loved the kind of boxed chocolates that came with a map showing what was where.  
Ron could easily grab all the coconut pieces without guilt because I could not eat them.  He would 
relinquish the orange filled ones to me because they were my favorites.  We would try to equally divide
the ones filled with nuts and if there was an odd one, he would always leave it for me to have. Cream 
filled were a toss up but Ron would always leave that last piece for me (well almost always).  

Ron was a “feed the troops first” person.  He never took the last of anything.  He always made sure 
everyone had a full plate before he even considered taking a bite for himself, until it came to chocolate. 
That was a different story.   If I got in the car and went outside the boundaries of our property and 
there was one lonely piece of candy left in the box, it would be gone when I returned home.  “Well you
left it here” he would say with a grin, as if that meant I had left it for him. 
Who can take a sunrise 
Sprinkle it with dew
Cover it with choc'late and a miracle or two 
The Candy Man 
Oh, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can 
'Cause he mixes it with love 
And makes the world taste good  
I won't feel too bad eating all of these because they have my name on them:)


Olga said...

A lovely piece of bittersweet, Annie.

Brite Mist said...

Ahhhhhh! That is actually very beautiful

gigihawaii said...

Oh, what a delightful post! I love chocolate, too, me more so than David.

LL Cool Joe said...

The one thing that my partner fight over are sweets (candies). Well not fight but you know what I mean. Unfortunately we tend to like the same ones too. :D

Enjoy your chocolates Queen Anne!

Munir said...

Such a beautiful post. I hope that a lot of people have the same love like yours and Ron's.

I bought the same box of Cherry Cordials yesterday. My husband loves those. Last year he put them on top of our dresser's mirror and forgot and they got spoiled. I told him that I will not touch them if he leaves them in the fridg.

TALON said...

Perfect relationship when you can joyfully share a box of chocolates. Laughing - my favorite are the dark chocolate orange creams. I pick through my Quality Street chocolates and sneak them all out of there! :)

Tabor said...

Such a sweet and sad memory. I send you chocolate dreams, blogger friend. Eat them all at a good pace and make sure you run around the house after each piece ;-)

Elephant's Child said...

A gorgeous memory to hug. Thank you.

Pat MacKenzie said...

Lovely memories. Eat chocolate and think of Ron.

Granny Annie said...

You know of what you speak:)

Brite Mist
Thank you. It made me cry and I didn't know it would.

Chocolate makes the world go round.

LL Cool Joe
I will enjoy them and I do tend to like the dark chocolate more that Ron did. He favored mild chocolate. Yes I know what you mean by "fight". It's a quiet but loving battle isn't it? lol

Can chocolate covered cherries go bad? Yikes! Then I better hurry and eat these:)

Just one of the many ways it was a perfect relationship. Oh I know what you mean about those dark chocolate orange creams. Have you ever dunked orange slice candy in melted chocolate? Talk about a sin!

Sweet and sad or as Olga said, "bittersweet". Yes, I will run around the house after each piece or get on my exercise bike for a few miles. Will that be okay?

Elephant's Child
Yes, and I did hug that memory tight when I wrote it down. It was more emotional than I realized it would be.

Pat MacKenzie
I shall, I certainly shall.

Kay said...

Awww... This is so sweet. Chocolate covered cherries are my mom's favorite candies. She's lucky that neither Art nor I care a whole lot for them. Happily more for her!

Oh yes! You deserve them, Anne!

Mage said...

Those cherries are George's favorite too.

Granny Annie said...

Thanks. I find your mom and I have a lot in common.

Thanks for stopping by. We share many mutual friends.

cube said...

Very sweet post. My husband is one of those "feed the troops first" guys, too. I have to urge him to eat the last of whatever if I'm full.

Our personal chocolate story takes place early in our relationship. My husband gave me a Whitman Sampler and he ended up eating most of it. From then on, he always owed me another Whitman Sampler.

Life is life a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get... unless it's a Whitman's Sample and you know exactly what everything is.

Brighid said...

Ron was such a special man, and you must have been the Love of his life that he shared the chocolate!

kenju said...

You had a keeper there, didn't you. Your wonderful memories are helping, I hope.

Aunt Betsy said...

That was such a beautiful post. You are one lucky woman to have ever had a man like that in your life.

Birdie said...

My mom's favorite were chocolate covered cherries. I don't like them at all so there was never any competition.

Kerry said...

Aw, sweet. I like the truffles.You can usually tell which ones are creams, even without a map.

Ron and you were perfect together.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Well, you are the queen! N they don't put too many in there anymore... I really like those dark chocolate ones!
My Dad used to always buy us candy. Now I give it away to the kids alot, n to work folks too.

Sparkling Red said...

Mmm, I am with you on enjoying the sweetness of both love and chocolates. :-)

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful husband he was and good memories he gave you.

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful husband he was and good memories he gave you.

Riot Kitty said...

Aww! That is very sweet. And clearly, they're meant for you, even if they misspelled your name. BTW Mr. RK says the same thing...he eats his chocolate...then he eats mine...then says, "Well, you left it there!"

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

1. People who eat candy live longer
2. Sugar can restore willpower
3. Chewing gum improves mental health
4. Chocolate decreases risk cardiovascular disease
5. Cotton candy helps create new blood vessels

Cheer up with Candy !

Granny Annie said...

Yes, unless you drop the box of Whitman Samplers and they get all mixed up:)

I knew he was mine and he swore I was his so we must have been each others.

They help a lot and sometimes they hurt too.

Aunt Betsy
We both felt blessed to have found each other. It is an exciting story that might someday be told.

My dearest friend made chocolate covered cherries filled with bourbon. She died too young and sadly so did her recipe for the chocolates.

We were. And when people would ask how long we had been married we would always ask them to guess. They would guess forty or fifty years and were shocked to hear 12, 13, 14...

Snaggle Tooth
You are so right. They trick us by adding a greater amount of plastic divider to each level.

Sparkling Red
Couldn't have said it better!

Chatty Crone
Lots of memories, lots of laughter, good times, travel, conquering phobias, enjoying life, enjoying each other.

Riot Kitty
Let me suggest you start taking it with you:)

R. Ramanathan
That was some vital information you provided! Thanks and I shall always cheer up with candy:)

Lynn said...

What a lovely memory. That's neat you shared a love of chocolate. (I'm with you there and I love chocolate covered cherries, too.)