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Senior Moments: Winter thoughts and winter candy

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, January 10, 2019

Looking outside I see all the rooftops covered with white from a heavy frost. No wonder! While we were busy getting ready for Christmas, winter arrived quietly at exactly 2:23 p.m. Dec. 21.

Do the freezing temperatures and frost mean snow is around the corner for us on the coast? The Old Farmer’s 2019 Almanac says no. We are encouraged to prepare for a kinder winter this year.

Whom do we believe? Snoopy, via author Charles M. Schulz, says, “Don’t worry. Look up!” Snoopy seems to have all the answers!

But he wasn’t thought of until the middle of the last century, so Mr. Schulz’s psychology helped us rear our six children all born soon after that. A favorite quote attributed to Mr. Schulz in his inimitable comedic fashion reads, “Life is like an ice-cream cone; you have to lick it one day at a time!”

Some know I spent Christmas week with family in Castle Rock, Wash. I really had a wonderful and meaningful time and that is no hyperbole. Like that word? I just learned of it not that long ago. Phonetically, it’s pronounced “hi purbalee” and its basic meaning is “exaggeration for effect.”

I liked it too and, admittedly, am guilty of exaggeration, but still look forward to an opportunity to use it again soon. Words can be so much fun!

One sad thing about my recent Christmas celebration was that I didn’t get to eat any Aplets and Cotlets, which are among my favorite delights. And I was in Washington, which has been famous for that candy since about 12 years before I was born. Maybe that’s why they bring such nostalgia besides being so good. I’m sure you know what I am talking about -- those famous apple-walnut and apricot-walnut candies!

Before I leave this subject, for those who enjoy C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” you may not know that Mr. Lewis thought to make Aplets and Cotlets, the candy that tempted young Edmund Pevensie to betray his siblings in that story.

I looked up the ingredients used to make these delights and found it interesting – “Though there are variations, the delights are usually made from a sweetener, cornflower starch, flavoring (usually rose or orange blossom water) and sometimes nuts.”

I was going to quit all my bad habits. Really, I was. But then I thought to myself, “No one likes a quitter.”

Not sure who said that, but it fits me! I’ve decided that resolutions for the new year no longer fit me. This year, I’m going to try short-term goals. A whole year of goals can be overwhelming, whereas a month at a time, I think I can handle.

Finally, I leave you with this thought: British author Aidan Chambers reminds us that the most memorable people in life are the ones who loved you when you weren’t very lovable.

Have a memorable year!


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