I suppose it's no secret I love chocolate. The standing joke among my students during my teaching years was, "To make Mrs. S happy, bring her chocolate!" So when Hubby and I checked into our hotel Monday night in Walnut Creek, Ohio, the first thing I noticed was the hotel resided next to a Coblentz Chocolate Factory. I couldn't wait to visit.
We headed over right after breakfast on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the store didn't open until 9:00. That fifteen minute wait was excruciating. I couldn't resist peeking through the window at all the goodies while counting down the minutes.
One of the workers spotted me and took pity. She let me in two minutes early. I thanked her profusely.
Inside, it was awfully hard to limit my selections. Hubs insisted I had to be reasonable--after all, our suitcases were already plenty full. When I suggested I could eat the chocolate before leaving Ohio, he asked, "Just how much chocolate do you think you can consume in a week?" Then he rolled his eyes and added, "Never mind. Dumb question." Yep, that man knows me well.
I browsed, nearly drooling on the display case glass that stood between me and bonbons, truffles, dainty pecan turtles, and quarter pound blocks of fudge. After nearly forty-five minutes of handwringing and careful thought, I had what I considered to be a reasonable stack of goodies and it was time to check out.
At every booksigning, I've carried the sack of chocolate into the store with me. This serves a twofold purpose: 1) the chocolate doesn't melt in the warm car; and 2) no one has an opportunity to break into the vehicle and take it. (Hubs told me I was being a little paranoid concerning reason 2, but hey, I know what can happen when a chocoholic spots a bag of delectable chocolates. I'm not taking any chances.)
I intend to share the chocolate with my parents, children, and a few friends when I return to Kansas on Monday. Until then, this chocolate isnt leaving my sight!
(BTW, Hubs and I are having a wonderful time in Ohio. We've seen beautiful landscapes, photographed dozens of century-old houses or barns, and visited with some of the nicest people to inhabit the earth. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to visit this wonderful state! I'll tell you more about the tour next week when I'm home again.)
May God bless you muchly as you journey with Him! ~Kim