One Kiss, Two Kiss, You Blew This

by Sherry Riter in Dad,Family,Mom,Sherry

I’m going to share a funny little story with you that will probably be a bit embarrassing to my mother, but she will get over it. I mean, what choice does she really have anyway because I’m writing it now and she won’t read it until later. I know. I’m bad.

Before I tell you the story, I just wanted to share a couple bullet points with you:

  • April 4th would have been my dad’s birthday if he was still alive. I didn’t post anything about it because this year I missed him even more than I did last year. I feel like he has been gone so long. I miss having him call my phone and tell me a stupid joke everyday and his silly laugh when he was amused with himself. I didn’t really have a lot of time with him because of his life choices, but I’m so thankful that during the last seven years of his life we did have a relationship. I guess when you love someone, no matter how much time you spend with them, it just won’t ever be enough. Love is so wonderful, but so painful sometimes. I miss you Dad.
  • I have to clean Turtle’s tank this weekend and I’m dreading it already. Someone please come over and do it for me. LOL
  • It’s almost time for the Mr. Sweet Potato Head reveal. You’re gonna be so shocked.
  • I went to the dentist this week. Let’s just say that this was a HUGE accomplishment that I’ll share with you at another time.
  • This week I also went to therapy again. She told me that I need to give myself more credit and pat myself on the back more often. So I’m going to blow my own horn now. I’m doing fantastic on my PTSD recovery. It isn’t easy. Actually, it has been quite painful, but I’m not going to quit until I am totally healed. Alrighty then…the horn has officially been blown.

Now let’s talk about kisses. I would prefer to be talking about the kisses that involve soft lips pressed together, but today I’m referring to the chocolate candy kisses by Hershey. I’m sure you know the kind I mean – chocolate dew drop shaped, covered with foil with a thin tissue weight paper sticking out the top with the word “Kisses” on it.

one kiss two kiss

It was a hot summer month years ago. Mom was in the passenger seat of the car and I was driving. I think we had gone shopping together, but I don’t really remember. Anyway, Mom loves Hershey’s Kisses and was eating them while we were together.

Eventually it was time to take her home. When Mom got out of the car, I saw a huge spot on her pants. It looked like she had pooped on herself, so I told her to wait a minute and come back. I looked down at my car seat hoping to figure out what had happened.

In the middle of the fabric seat was a huge brown spot and flattened silver foil paper. Oh my gosh! Mom had been sitting on a chocolate Hershey Kiss and because she is a wiggle worm, the chocolate was ground into the fabric of the car seat and her pants. When I say, “ground” into the seat, I really mean it was totally melted and smooshed into the fabric.

Cleaning the chocolate out of the fabric was a nightmare. It took me for-ev-er to get the seat totally clean. It HAD to be totally clean or chocolate would always be transferred to everyone’s tush when they sat in the passenger seat!

Because of this incident, Mom has a rule in my car. Yeah, Mom is not allowed to eat any chocolate in my car. Over the years, this incident has been the source of much laughter, but it has also made me examine a few things too.

  • I have a sense of humor. Actually, after writing Bare Your Fruit – Bathing And Showering Together, I believed I had a great imagination too.
  • Life is a series of good times, mishaps and bad times. The difference between us is how we handle them.
  • Chocolate is a nightmare to get out of a fabric car seat.
  • My mother is always in constant motion. This isn’t a criticism. It is just a fact.
  • Part of the reason I feel like I must always be “accomplishing” something is because my mother has always been in constant motion.
  • I also feel like if I’m not “accomplishing” something, I’m not lovable. I know. This one is a bit stupid, but I’m trying to be honest.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Chocolate melted into a car seat is not equal to losing a loved one, having a heart attack or getting a divorce. My ability to keep things in perspective has dramatically improved since I got PTSD. Losing my mind and getting it back (that’s what it feels like) caused me to see things as they really are and to focus on reality. I have learned to just be quiet and let go. I can only control what I can control.
  • I give people lots of chances to get things right – more chances than most people even think about giving. There is a point, however, when I can’t take the pain any longer and I let go. Unfortunately for me, I give people too many chances when I love them. Working on fixing a marriage for seven years even though the other people aren’t actively participating in improving the relationship was so wrong for me. Yes, I did the same thing in two marriages. In retrospect, I should have said, “One kiss, two kiss, you blew this.”

See? I did learn.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Philip Bond April 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Nice. April is the month for memories and sad anniversaries. Feeling for you ????


2 Sherry Riter April 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm

April is the month of my daughter’s birth, so it isn’t really sad in that respect. If the PTSD hits me hard, any day can be sad. LOL LOL Is April a bad month for you?


3 teresa1944 April 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

LOL, I just had the desire for one of those kisses you gave me for Easter!!!

It was a peach dress and we had just come from church. It fell out of my purse when I got out of the car,lol It was also over a 100 degree weather that day, lol. How I did not see it when I got in is still a mystery to me.

It is ok you forgot it was a dress, you get a lot mixed up lately. That will heal some day. If not, we will just laugh at it.

I give up on you telling on me on your blog, but I forbid you do this when I wear Depends. lol lol


4 Sherry Riter April 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I’m surprised that HUGE bag of kisses wasn’t gone before the next morning! 😉

Well, I STILL don’t remember that it was a peach dress, so oh well. I do remember, however, how BIG the spot was and have no idea how you smeared it soooooooooooooooo much! LOL


5 Shawne Duperon April 7, 2013 at 9:15 am



6 Sherry Riter April 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

{{{hugssss}}}} Thank you!


7 Carrie April 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

I’m sorry to hear about your father.. My father passed away in 2006 and my grandmother passed away in 2007 – two important people in my life. Losing a loved one can be devastating.

Oh my! The food in your sidebar looks SO delicious!!!!! You’re making me hungry, lol.


8 Sherry Riter April 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

LOL Thank you for making me laugh with your last sentence! You are invited to dinner whenever you can swing by Virginia. LOL

I’m sorry to hear about your dad and grandmother too. Loss is so hard! It’s just not something I will ever get used to because I don’t like having to say goodbye.


9 Young Werther April 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Let me guess… you’re going to eat Mr Sweet Potato Head?

I’m not too keen on Hershey, have a Cadbury/ Toblerone kinda tastebud 🙂


10 Sherry Riter April 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

😀 I’m not telling yet about Mr. Sweet Potato Head!!! LOL Ya’ll are going to laugh at me though. LOL

The main question about chocolate is, “Does it have corn syrup in it?” So many chocolates do, but Hershey’s doesn’t.


11 Joan April 8, 2013 at 9:54 am

Have I told you lately that I love your writing? Your personality shines through! And if there is one thing that you have, it’s tons of personality! Maybe that’s why I love your writing so much! 🙂

Loved this post and loved the way you wrote it. Oops, I’m repeating myself. Well, that’s okay, because you can’t tell a writer that you love their writing too much. It’s music to their ears. 🙂

I also loved the way you ended this post. Yes, you certainly have learned from your previous relationships! But isn’t this what life is all about? To learn and learn and learn some more from our experiences. And just when you think you have learned everything there is to learn about relationships, life throws you another curve and you learn another lesson. Now I ask you, how much learning can one heart take? 🙂


12 Sherry Riter April 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thank you Joan. You are always so kind and sweet to me. {{{hugsss}}}


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