Sweet Philosophy

My Mum always says, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”


No doubt, if you have not read these words in Forrest Gump by W. Groom before, you must have heard them from Forrest Gump, the protagonist of the Oscar-winning screen adaptation. The words became winged long ago.Why? I guess the main secret is that the so-called chocolate philosophy is likely to hit you in real life.

Actually, that is what happened to me the other day.

One evening Dad brought a box of assorted German chocolates. The box itself was incredible: stylish black packaging with the word luxury on each side. Can you imagine my anticipation? “Well, I am not so easy to trick,” I thought, and turned over the box to see the ingredients: sugar, cocoa butter, cherry… Wait, cherry? I love cherries! Seeing my enthusiasm, Mum joined me. We started our cherry quest.

The chocolates were of different shapes and colors. First, we tasted two of them. To tell the truth, the chocolate was far from perfect, but we did not give up. One third of the chocolates gone, Mum suggested cutting them to see what was inside. I bet, you think, “It is obvious, take the round one!” Not this time, though! It turned out to have a nut filling.

The darkest one was the next suspect. Failure once again, with sticky brandy syrup leaking out onto the table. The rest of the chocolates proved to contain no cherries either. How sweet and how frustrating!

Does it remind you of life? The moral of the story is to not trust the bright packaging, or take what is written for granted, and be ready to find out there is no cherry in the box.

P.S. Try the Swiss ones next time!

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