One of my very best friends is here visiting from Michigan. It's always a treat to have visitors, in part because they allow me to view my own life with fresh eyes--and a fresh nose.
After years of smelling warm chocolate sauce and baking brownies, I'm practically immune to the smells. But each time my friend walks through our front door, she exclaims: "It smells deeee-licious in here!" Her enthusiasm for the tantalizing odors that emanate from the bon bon factory reminded me of an old joke:
A man goes into an ice cream parlor and says, “I’d like two scoops
of chocolate ice cream, please.”
The girl behind the counter says, “I’m very sorry, sir, but our
delivery truck broke down this morning, so we’re out of chocolate.”
“In that case,” the man says, “I’ll have two scoops of chocolate
“You don’t understand, sir,” the girl says. “We have NO chocolate.”
“Then just give me some chocolate,” he says.
Getting angrier by the second, the girl says, “Sir, will you spell
VAN, as in vanilla?” The man says, “Sure. V-A-N.”
“Now spell STRAW, as in strawberry.” “OK. S-T-R-A-W.”
“Very good. Now,” the girl says, “spell STINK, as in chocolate.”
The man hesitates. Then he says, “There is no stink in chocolate.”
“THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU!” she screams.
It's true. Chocolate smells good. I've heard that Americans list bananas and vanilla as their favorite odors, but I'm sure that the aroma of hot chocolate isn't far behind on the list! What's your favorite smell?