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The Chocolate Drawer

Updated on September 12, 2008

"Your heart is like your Chocolate Drawer . . ."

"Your heart is just like your Chocolate Drawer," my friend remarks in passing while nosing around my kitchen. I nod my head in the direction of her affections. Her eyes light up; she stops crying.

I pour two fresh cups of chocolate flavored decaf. My dear friend, half heartbroken half relieved, showed up unannounced before dawn. Still in sweats, practicing Yoga with Steven Ross on cable, I answered the door to a tear-stained face seeking solace and comfort.

With a hug and an arm around her shoulder I welcomed her into the sanctuary I call home. I am a Life Skills Coach. With thousands of life-affirming-tools at my disposal, there is one that rarely fails: The Chocolate Drawer. I use it myself. At 5' 3" and 120 pounds I alone probably consume twice my weight in any given year. My clients, friends and loved ones use it even more and easily triple that amount.

I hand my friend a piping hot mug but her eyes linger on the milk chocolate See's rum nougats. "Help yourself," I offer genuinely. I silently thank the Wild-Divine for small blessings and the power to resist one of my favorites. This time anyway.

Everyone who enters my safe haven is free to try, taste, nibble, eat, gobble, scoff, wolf, gorge, feast, munch, chomp, partake, consume, devour AND take as much as they desire from The Chocolate Drawer. There is only one caveat.

For me, chocolate is an indispensable Life Skills tool. When I am training for an event, the Chocolate Drawer expands into a full Chocolate Cupboard. Around the Holidays, it dwindles down to just a Hershey bar or two. When I am stressed, even the dark brown glove compartment of my old Mercedes is pressed into cocolate-service. As are the pockets of my business suits. And my Day-Timer.

My friend lovingly passes her finger above her favorites, in silent reverence, as though recalling passionate temptations and forbidden pleasures. Tears well up in her eyes again, she blows her nose. We all abide by the Chocolate Honor System; you touch it, you take it.

"What do you mean?" I ask just before popping a large extra dark chocolate covered cherry into my mouth from a bowl on the counter. I love this friend every bit as much as I love the brown-divine, but wasn't sure I wanted my heart compared to a drawer.

Ignoring my question she asks, "Where ELSE are you hiding the goods?" My closest friends have developed this shorthand question for deciphering what's going on in my life. In truth, they know everything, but the clues are even more fun. When I have a lover, another cocoa-stash surreptitiously finds its way into my boudoir. When I write full time (sans lover) a big bowl of dark chocolate peanut M&M's can be found next to my computer. When I plan a dinner party, every room is graced with wrapped angelic-confections somewhere. Yes, even the bathrooms.

"Here and there," I reply casually, knowing the drill.

"Spill it," my friend commands, nicely, finally settling on a handful of imported Belgium chocolate covered espresso beans. Her sniffling has stopped.

"Tell me about your heart-drawer theory," I rejoin while adding carob soy to the steaming java.

"Not heart-drawer," she chuckles, smiling broadly for the first time, "heart-chocolate."

Okay, I like the sound of that better.

We settle into elegant over-stuffed couches lined with down pillows surrounded by boxes of Kleenex. Although I have a perfectly appointed coaching office, it is my family room that seems to comfort most. My friend kicks off her shoes, tucks her feet under her, arranges the pillows into a cocoon, wraps a nearby shawl around her shoulders and settles in with her coffee and chocolate. "What brings you here before the sun even rises?" I ask softly.

"Life," she says as she exhales with exasperation and looks off into the distance. I know we are going to be here for awhile.

(copyright Sapphire Grace, all rights reserved)


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    Earth Angel 5 years ago

    Dearest Milli, Yes, Deepest Darkest Rich Organic Chocolate ~ You and I are soul-sisters!! Thanks so much for the comment! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Milli Thornton 5 years ago

    Your stashes of therapeutic chocolate sound heavenly! Though for me it would always have to be dark chocolate. Organic dark chocolate peanut butter cups rank about as high as you can get (after good coffee) on my scale of heavenly treats.

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    Earth Angel 5 years ago

    Dearest Chocolate GlstngRosePetals! So glad another delicious soul delights in one of Mother Nature's most treasured treats!! Blessings to you! Earth Angel!

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    GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

    What a beautiful hub. I have a secret drawer in my refrigerator that hold all of my simpathy curing chocolate. thank you for the share of this hub.

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Dearest Lovely VocalCoach!

    My door is always open here in California! Chocolate is the quickest way I know to get one's MOJO back! Hey, we could start a side business together; Chocolate Covered Mojo!

    Have a STELLAR day pretty lady! Earth Angel!

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    Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Well here is another 5'3" 142 lbs (too much chocolate) lover of chocolate decaf coffee. I would eat anything, including okra, covered in chocolate.

    What a beautiful hub this is. I want to come visit you!

    Rated up and across the board on this one. Thank you, my angel!

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, so lovely to hear/read from you this morning SilverGenes! Thank you for your warm and thoughful comment! Blessings on your day and always, Earth Angel!

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    SilverGenes 6 years ago

    This hub is one I will bookmark as a 'comfort zone' for rainy days of all kinds. Coffee and chocolate mixed with overstuffed couches and down pillows is very close to heaven! But then, where else would an Earth Angel live?

    "What brings you here before the sun even rises?" I ask softly.

    "Life," she says as she exhales with exasperation and looks off into the distance. I know we are going to be here for awhile.

    And on that note, I am rearranging my furniture and making a place for chocolate to live openly. :) Exquisite hub!

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Blessings to you SHaron Karen!

    Love the name! Love the sentiment! "My heart is like a chocolate grand canyon!" Too perfect!

    Chocolate Blessings Always, Earth Angel!

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    SHaron Karen 6 years ago

    I love chocolate too. My heart is like a chocolate grand canyon.

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    Earth Angel 7 years ago

    Thank you so much Epigramman!! I'm embarrassed to admit how much chocolate is always in there!! And yes, when I get stuck in my writing, chocolate always seems to open the door of my imagination!! Blessings to you and yours!! Earth Angel!!

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    epigramman 7 years ago

    In this drawer of chocolate is where I find your hubdelicious writing!!

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    Earth Angel 7 years ago

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh, MFBIII are you available by the hour to whisper sweet chocolate nothings in my ear???

    Blessings and thanks for dropping by!! Earth Angel!!

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    MFB III 7 years ago from United States

    a Tinge of the sweet with the bitter, something tangible to savor, rather then just the agony fate brings, a reminder of the good that life holds, just before one pours out the pain from the mold of their heart to your compassinate ears. Great Hub~~~MFB III

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    Sia 7 years ago

    You know what? I can't even imagine life without chocolate! Its Like the best edible thing ever!

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Thanks Princessa!!

    I live on chocolate!! I think if I ever needed a transfusion, it would read Hershey's extra dark on the drip line, not blood type A!!

    Thanks so much for dropping by!! Don't you just LOVE HubPages!!?? Only the BEST people hang out here!! Like you!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

    Now I know where to come when I am feeling down. I am not a big chocolate eater, in fact I rarely eat any chocolate; but you are right when I do is because I need it and it just feels soooo good!

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    AuraGem 10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    Chocolate is a sensual celebration of living.

    Smiles and Light

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    jamestedmondson 10 years ago from San Francisco

    My brother George is on (what my father calls) See's Candy Therapy. He says it helps.