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Chocolate Life

Charla Romrell

Isn't it interesting how chocolate has the ability to consume us? Shouldn't it be the other way around? I consume chocolate, and yet, it seems to seep into every piece of my life. I'm not very good at compartmentalizing all the different areas of my life anyway and maybe that's why this spread of chocolate into everyday life happens so easily for me. Does it do the same to you?
I work to support my chocolate journey, trying to figure out what my chocolate life will be and make that happen. I read about chocolate, study it, listen to podcasts about it, make PowerPoint presentations about it, sketch chocolate ideas in one notebook and keep tasting notes in another. My husband is so kind and listens to my chocolate ramblings and sometimes offers suggestions (which I usually follow because he's such a smart man). My little daughter wants to play "chocolate party" with me and my older daughter enjoys our chocolate tasting experiences together. Chocolate is a very important part of my life.
I was helping my adult son with a difficult situation yesterday. He was so heartbroken and his countenance was so heavy. I happened to have a few chocolate bars with me and I offered him some. This was actually his first time eating good chocolate and it was an eye-opener for him. He kept saying, "This has to have more than just chocolate in it. What else is in this??" Anyway, the chocolate helped to take his mind off of his problems for just a few minutes and brought a smile to his face. Chocolate is good for the heart, and I'm not just talking about flavanols and antioxidants.
A chocolate life is a full life and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be involved with the craft chocolate movement - even if I am still trying to figure out how chocolate fits into my life. Or maybe how my everyday life fits in the spaces of my chocolate life.

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