By now, you are semi-aware of my penchant for and love of all things alliterative.  I think we can all agree that I hit pay dirt with Manifest Monday.  But since the manifests are dwindling, I knew I had to come up with something that would make Mondays meaningful (triple word score, yeah!)

Finally, it came to me – really, it was staring at me all along!  Memory Mondays!  Every Monday, I will share a memory of people, places, or events – who knows, maybe you’ll be featured in my memory!  And maybe that memory will spark your memories and you’ll share them with the rest of us.  No pressure.  You’ll do it when you’re ready.  Or when I go on summer hiatus. 

Today’s Memory Monday kicks off The Week of Max although – ironically – there is no memory to share today. 

There is just this.  A box of chocolate.  Not just any box of chocolate of course.  It’s a Whitman’s Sampler – so you know it was good chocolate.
Photograph of a Whitman's Sampler box
The top is torn.  The edges are frayed.  There is a water ring on the top where someone probably left a glass a little too long.  On the inside cover is the familiar Whitman’s diagram with the names of all sorts of chocolates – honey nougat, chocolate fudge truffle, mint marshmallow, malted milk caramel, and bitter sweet cocoanut.  

This is a 59 year old box of chocolate.  Unless you’re prone to hoarding tendencies like me, why would someone save it for 59 years?  

It’s not because of the chocolate, of course – all that is gone, the honey nougat, the mint marshmallow, the bitter sweet cocoanut having been eaten long, long ago.  

So, what’s left in this box?

Just memories.  

But they are memories of Max.  

And that is why this box of chocolate has been saved for 59 years. 

This week, we'll peek inside and uncover some of those memories - and maybe get to know Max just a little better.  


Helen Knuttel
04/11/2013 11:34pm

I guess I was away too long from Philadelphia and Oreland. I never saw this box or what is in it. Did your mother have it all this time? I can't wait to hear about what memories are in that frayed box. It makes me sad to think I missed so many things.


I love how you share you memories with us because I really believe one has a lot to reflect back on their memory! I liked learning about this one too. Also, a box of chocolate is a good enough memories for most of us here now!

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