Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Sweetest Chocolate-Covered Cherries

I'm sure it was Lillian's best Christmas present ever.  When she and Bill had been married some 23 years prior, they had eloped, and she had only a simple wedding band as a symbol of their commitment to each other.  There had been no elaborate wedding, and her dirt-poor farmer could not give her a diamond ring, but I never heard her complain.  She often said that she would never have chosen anyone else to spent her life with, regardless of how much money he had.

As Christmas approached, they also prepared to celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 28.  Bill had something different in mind this year. Typically, for Christmas, they gave each other the same simple gifts: she gave him a can of pipe tobacco, and he gave her a box of chocolate-covered cherries.  But this year, he had something different in mind.  Lillian's wedding band was wearing thin, so he took it to the jewelry store to have it "fixed", but instead had it incorporated into a new ring, complete with a diamond.  He then took the traditional box of chocolates, hollowed out one of the candies and placed the ring inside.

Their four teenaged children, who were in on the surprise, carefully picked around the "special" chocolate as she passed her gift around to them.  She knew something was going on, and eventually discovered her special present.  At the age of 46, Lillian finally had her diamond wedding ring.


  1. SWEET story (Sorry could not resist THAT temptation).

    Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you'll get! With this post we got a chocolate covered cherry.

    Fan-tastic story.


  3. Hard to find commitment like that today. Very nice story! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Karen, Thanks for the blog nomination for Kreativ Blogger. It was so appreciated! I am a little late too but really enjoyed your And So It Goes--Mothers and Daughters photos. A great looking family! Thanks so much again. Cheri Hopkins for: Those Old Memories

  5. Just found your blog and I have so enjoyed reading of your family. Have you been doing genealogy long? My good husband is from South Dakota. Great place. We love it. ~ Just Joany
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  6. Hi Joany, I've been working on family history for about 13 years or so - where is your husband from?