What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

French Kiss

Happy Valentine's Day.  I hope you and your sweetie have a lovely day.  No matter who your sweetie is - your husband, your boyfriend, your partner or your kiddos.  

I <3 Valentine's Day.

My sweetie is The Bean.  He has been a Mama's boy his whole life and that is OKAY by me.  I know he is about grown up, but he still loves his Mom and I am blessed to have him love me.

When he was in Kindergarten, he would come home from school and want to "SMOOCH".  Now,  to my little cherub five year old, "smooching" meant getting big hugs and squeezes and spending time together.  That's just what he called "SMOOCHING".  Well, one day, during our smooch session, he reached up and grabbed my face and held it as hard as he could.  Then, in a very excited voice he said, "Let's FRENCH KISS!"  and quick as that he came moving in on me and I was completely freaking OUT!  He was so strong, he had my face in a headlock and I couldn't squirm loose!  His little face zoomed into mine and then........he kissed me on the right cheek and then............he kissed me on the left cheek.  "That's how they kiss in FRANCE!!!" he said. He French Kissed me. 

I can't wait to tell that one at his wedding.

Have a lovely Valentine's day.  

And French Kiss someone today.  

The Bean's way or the fun way!


  1. That is so funny - and perfect to bring up at the Bean's wedding! Happy Valentine's day everyone!

  2. That is so sweet! My oldest son used to ask me to marry him when he "gets all growed up" I would tear up every time. I am planning to tell that at his wedding some day too.

  3. holy cow, is that funny!

  4. Shara thank you for this lovely story! Oh my wait until you tell that one to the bride! It's so cute!! Happy Valentine's day to you and yours. hugs, Linda

  5. I can only imagine how red his face will turn when you tell that story and how hard everyone will laugh. Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Ha ha-too funny and too cute!!! Don't you just miss those innocent little boy days?!? I miss that with my guys now that they are 17 and 20-they grow out of cute too fast!

  7. OH - You are just.TOO.cruel!!!
    REMEMBER: HE will be picking out your nursing home some day ;-)!!
    (I have to admit, I was kinda freaked for a moment there as to how that little story was going to end!!)


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