Cover of Chocolat (Miramax Collector's Series)
I love the movie “Chocolat” – if you have never seen it – I would encourage you to do so. It is charming as well as has a universal appeal. We just finished watching it again and LOVE the characters in this movie and wonderful story it tells. “Chocolat” started as a best-selling book by Joanne Harris – then became a stage play and then a movie. It is very visual and has extraordinary characters that are colorful and full of life.
For me – I would have to say that I love a story that has many different layers to it – touching something deep inside. The lead character, Vianne (played by the great Juliette Binoche) is a woman who goes from place to place and tries to make a difference – setting up a chocolate shop in the center of town. She is seen as a radical because she goes against normal small town traditions. She believes that life is a celebration and she embraces every moment to do so – from brightening up lives that are broken and lost – to throwing a birthday party for the elderly woman who is her landlord – but also her friend, played by the incredible Judy Dench. But even though she is infectious and kind – she is also seen as a threat and outsider. The mayor of the town tries to run her out – but in the end, Vianne and her daughter decide to stay. She befriends some people from the riverboats or ‘pirates’ as her daughter calls them – and the leader is brilliantly played by Johnny Depp. (Johnny also writes some of his own music which he plays on the guitar and it is used in the soundtrack). The young minister of the small French town is torn – but wants to do the right thing for everyone – I believe his quote at the end of the movie is the best one – and it is seen on my video clip below. Follow the link on the video that says “Watch this on youtube” and you will be able to see the video to get a taste of the movie.
It is amazing how one life can affect so many – and change a whole town. I want to be a life that is like that – don’t you?
Enjoy, and have some chocolate 🙂
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- Chocolatiers (wanderingfloridian.com)
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I live in the Pacific Northwest where snow during the holiday season used to be a rare thing. But in recent years it seems we get snow every year at this time. As a child growing up in Canada – snow was expected and NOT a treat. It was really cold from October until well past my birthday in March. In pictures from my childhood – I can see snow on the ground out the window while celebrating another birthday.
Here in the Northwest we don’t get tired of it – at least at first. It’s a novel thing and can make you feel just like a kid again. Especially the first snowfall.
As I am writing this – the snow is falling in a beautiful cascade of different sized crystal flakes – making the street and yard all white and ‘Narnia-like’. And I can’t stop myself from taking pictures of it – and just staring out the window. It is truly one of nature’s most AWESOME treats for us to feast our eyes on.
And so with ‘holiday’ music playing on my Pandora radio – I am a very happy girl today – and may not get a whole lot accomplished – but it is VERY understandable – as anyone who lives in the Northwest knows: It just may not last long – or even be here tomorrow, so we will relish the moment and dream of being a child again – where things like Santa, mistletoe, Christmas trees, surprises, warm crackling fires and hot cocoa were always something fun to look forward to.
And for your listening and viewing pleasure I have added a video of one of my favorite’s from Michael W. Smith‘s first Christmas album entitled, ‘First Snow Fall’.
Enjoy and God Bless!
Yesterday Greg (wanting to make Valentine’s Day a perfect day) took me to See’s Candy Shop at Kent Station to get my favorite chocolate – the butterscotch square. We arrived and stood in a LONG line – and I quickly glanced around and nervously listened in on conversations the others were having with the sales people behind the glass case. And what I was hearing was horrifying! They were actually “selling out” of many kinds of chocolates due to the “rush” for men from our area buying the PERFECT box of chocolate for their sweetie. Well it’s amazing what happens when you have your heart set on a certain kind – and then slowly find out that it’s GONE! I guess I’m not the only one who likes that kind. It’s pretty wonderful – and next to the chocolate caramel bar at “Harry and David” – there is simply nothing like it. So I quickly had to change my mind and choose something else – but my heart wasn’t in it. No toffee nut crunch or mocha creme would make up for the lack of the butterscotch squares. And what was worse – I did actually choose something really similar to it – and they only had it in dark chocolate. I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate – so I was a most unhappy camper. I smiled sweetly and decided to accept my fate – going home without my favorite – even though I had chosen a few others that were close – but not near close enough – and the nice lady put them in the bag for us – added up our total and then when Greg was paying her – she opened her secret little stash of “samples” in a drawer next to the cash register and in it was a “butterscotch square”! She put one in the bag and smiled at me – and she became my “new” best friend ☺Now was that important? You may even say it’s silly and unnecessary. But it was important to me – and her kindness made my day.
This reminds me of God’s love for me. Something may be very disappointing to me – oh it’s pretty small – like the chocolate – but it does not seem small to me – and God who sees and hears everything and is familiar with my hurting heart – brings something or someone in my life journey to encourage or to say just the right thing to me. A reminder that He knows me. He loves me. He cares for me – even the hurts and slights from others. He knows about even the smallest rejection and feels my pain and somehow – in some wonderful way that only He can – He surprises me with a sweet gift – a kiss of love – a much needed hug for a weary traveler – from my loving heavenly father. To encourage me. And lift my spirits. So incredibly sweet. Like a butterscotch square. ♥