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A Box Full of Surprises!

“My mama always said life was like a box a chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” ~ Forrest Gump

Unless of course, you’re like me and you break off a little piece before you eat it so you can see what’s inside. Then you always know.

The famous quote from the Tom Hanks hit movie, Forrest Gump, of the early ’90s, never rang true for me. I couldn’t make it apply. I’m too particular about the chocolate I put in my mouth. I need to know!

Recently however, I read somewhere that life is like an endless box of Cracker Jacks. Now this I could buy into! It resonated with me. My nostalgic mind recalls the excitement I had as a child, reaching inside the colorful box with the sailor on the front, never knowing for sure what I was going to pull out of it next. It was full of sweet and not-so-sweet surprises! Once you delved inside, it was hard not to keep going back for more. You could find yourself face to face with sweetness, holding a sticky situation, a salty peanut or combination of all three. It’s your choice whether you try to sort out the handful of mixed ingredients, piece by piece or just take them all in one big mouthful, knowing, that you get what you get and you make the best of what you get. Sooner or later, you will pull out the prize. Satisfaction guaranteed, simply for finding it.

There’s not a whole lot of mundane in my life. Looking back in yearly increments especially, I’m always amazed at where I started; often with a very certain outcome in mind, only to end up in a place and among people I couldn’t have predicted if I tried. Always surprising. I’ve learned to go with the flow, as more often than not, I find I am exactly where I’m supposed to be and with whom I need to be. The idea of looking at life as a Cracker Jack box is very appealing. It’s comforting to know that beyond some of the not-so-sweet handfuls of mixed-up stuff, a special surprise patiently awaits being pulled from inside.

What’s your analogy for life?

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  1. nana,
    May 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

    quote, from the Merchant of Venice, all that glisters is not gold. Your surprise will come ,patience is a virtue.


  2. singleworkingmomswm
    May 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I love this, Karen. I find analogies for life all of the time, so I guess mine are ever changing. I used to eat Cracker Jacks and enjoy finding the prizes, too, when I was younger. It seems they aren’t quite “the thing” these days, but when I see them at the Dollar Tree or wherever, I’m always tempted to buy a pack (Maycee doesn’t care for them-weird child). And, I have to tell you this: my boyfriend was the best man in a wedding this past Saturday, and guess what he used to put the bride’s wedding ring in….yes, a Cracker Jack box! He carefully opened the prize envelope and slid the ring inside of it. I laughed out loud when I read this post Sunday night at the irony of the things we share cross-country. Anyhow, I hope your week is going well…almost Mom’s Day! XOXO-SWM


  3. May 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I can always count on you to make my day, Kasey. Thank you. Gosh I owe you an email & have started several!! Hope all is well & that you have a most lovely weekend!! xoxox


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