Ah, spring! My very favorite time of year. Longer hours of daylight, milder weather, and new growth … what’s not to like?
Coupled with spring, for many Christian religions, is the forty-day penitential season of Lent, a preparation for Easter. When we were growing up, my younger sister and I would “give up” candy and other treats . (Talk about penance for a die-hard chocolate fanatic like myself!)
But it wasn’t a whole forty consecutive days without chocolate, since Sundays were not a day of “fasting.” Taking advantage of this weekly reprieve, I would set my alarm clock for 12:05 a.m., and when it sounded, promptly reach for the Walnut Crush chocolate candy bar stashed neatly by the bedside. I think occasionally my sister, Pat, joined me in this midnight madness.
In retrospect, I do think that treasured piece of chocolate tasted darned good at that time of the night. My love for chocolate still persists, but I no longer set the alarm for a midnight rendezvous with chocolate.