Now that you know that the last two numbers have been written with Hershey chocolate syrup, and now that you know frugality is a life-long habit of mine, you are probably wondering how I put that syrup to good use.
Shirley Hershey was my name for 21 years, and it’s still part of my identity. Here’s a short excerpt from Blush about my connection by birth and place to both words Hershey and Chocolate. First, my connection to Milton Snavely Hershey, the founder of the world-famous chocolate company:
In America, only one Hershey became a household name: Milton Snavely Hershey (1857–1945), the founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company. Daddy’s grandpa, Henry Hershey, was a third cousin to Milton, whose mother was Mennonite. With that connection and a two-dollar bill, I can buy any Hershey bar I want.
Second, my home town is also a chocolate town, the place where Wilbur Buds are made. This paragraph hit the chopping block for the memoir, but I have brought it back to life here.
Lititz, Pa., would have made Willie Wonka happy. When I was growing up, the chocolate factory there was called Wilbur-Suchard. Its primary products were a semi-sweet “bud” about the size of a Hershey kiss but darker, and Ideal Cocoa used for baking and homemade hot chocolate. Chocolate almost flows through my veins. If your town has to have an industry, chocolate is a great one to have. The best benefit? The scent! The pungent, sweet odor was captured by Joel Brenner, chocolate historian, who says, chocolate smell can be “so thick that at times it seems just breathing the air can give you a cavity.” Even today, the aroma of chocolate is one of the sweetest perfumes I can imagine. When I want to smell “home,” I sniff a Hershey bar or Wilbur Buds wrapper.
Stuart and I are off to Brooklyn today. Our New Beginning is actually an ending. This is the last time we will visit our son and his family there. They are moving to New Jersey on Thursday. They are eager to move into a lovely new home but sad to leave Brooklyn. We feel the same way with them. We will be traveling past Hershey, Pennsylvania. We’ll wave to the spirit of “Uncle” Milton Hershey and dream about the good times we’ll have when our grandchildren are old enough to travel to Hershey Park with us.
What are your New Beginnings today? We are getting close to 200 entries now, and oh so amazing.