I’ve been fortunate this past year that a lot of my family have visited me in the UK. Their visits make a big difference to my happiness–more so than I expected. Connection through Facebook and visits home are great, but the opportunity to show my family my life in the UK is fantastic on a different level.
Another reason I love to have family visit is the treats from home. When my cousin asked what I’d like from home I was thinking that actually there isn’t a lot left on my list of Things I Love From Home after other relatives had visited before her last year but then I remembered peppermint candy. You can get all kinds of lovely mints in the UK, but you can’t get the round, red and white peppermint candy that remind me so much of Christmas (ok, you CAN get it if you’re willing to pay a wheelbarrow load of money). I like to use these red and white peppermints to make a white and dark chocolate Christmas candy and I like to have a bowl full of these next to the front door all year round because it’s kind of fun having something a bit different and American in the house like that.
So I asked my cousin for peppermint candy.
In her preparations for coming over she went to Target or Wal-Mart or somewhere and bought the peppermint candy and FB’d a photo of the bags in her shopping cart. Cool, six bags, that was nice of her. They’d be just about perfect for the Christmas season.
Then my cousin arrived and started unpacking and brought out the bags of peppermint candies. I mean to say, she brought out the MONSTER SIZE bags of peppermint candies. No wonder her suitcase was so heavy when I pulled it out of the car. Seriously! Now I have enough peppermint candy to last me until the Apocalypse and that’s awesome. I can use it for barter come the revolution. Except I might just hoard it all for myself and my family if it comes to that.
The stack of candy is like a piece of furniture in my house and keeps getting moved from one place to another. And I love it. I love the mountain of red and white candy and if I had a giant glass goldfish bowl I would empty all the big bags into it and put it in the middle fo the room as a sculpture. Yes, I love peppermint candy.
Thank you again, cousin!
So what would you ask for when you have visitors, and why?