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Chocolate box men

Ashley Charnley | Thursday, April 10, 2008

I would not be who I am without what happened. I would not be stronger, I would not be wiser, I would not be prepared. We cannot learn without being taught, and we cannot know what flavor of love we like without tasting them all.

Just because you were surprised by the coconut center you ate, doesn’t mean the creamy caramel won’t be the one you pick next. However, even if you get four hundred bad flavors in a row, you have to know, that eventually you will find your favorite. You will find the guy who is milk chocolate all the way to his center. That, my dear friends, is why you continue to take a bite.

In the meantime, all of these wasted calories begin to add up. We begin to regret every bite. Worse yet, we dread the next. We actually look at our next romantic venture as though we are lambs out to slaughter. So, why does a single girl continue with the box of chocolates? Well, simply, because she has to. There is no way to sugar coat it ladies, pun intended. However, instead of cursing the less appetizing flavors and spitting them out without a second thought, learn from them. Try to remember what you noticed about them when you first laid eyes on them. Prospective men are all the same. They make us smile, they make us laugh, and they give us those little tinges of excitement about being with someone again.

You remove the lid. The aroma of beautiful, rich chocolate fills your nostrils. They are molded into beautiful shapes, and it is taking every ounce of restraint you can muster to prevent yourself from plunging in. Without even tasting it, without one little bite, you already think you know just how perfect it will be. Then, the rueful moment when you realize that the inside does not match the outside. One of the advantages of a guy is that you can ask him his flavor.

Beware of the marketers though, ladies. Some will try to tell you they are filled with things they aren’t, others will tell you that you should deny your taste buds and dive in. Eventually though, with practice, these self-advertisers will be much easier to spot. I guarantee to you, the one who will satisfy you most, will have to sell himself the least.

Don’t get me wrong, here. I love chocolate in all shapes and sizes. There is a flavor for everyone. So guys, just because one girl doesn’t like coconut doesn’t mean the next one won’t. This is a two way street. Russell-Stover wouldn’t make a flavor that no one likes, and in the same way there is a girl for every guy.

Life is like a box of chocolates, and ladies, it is time for you decide what you get.