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Chocolate Joy

Meet Zach.  He is the most adorable and hilarious almost-2-year-old I know.  Zach has a twin brother, Asher, who is equally adorable and hilarious (while still being uniquely his own personality).  They are my absolute favorites and I thought it was finally time to share one of the many life-lessons I’ve learned from being a part of their lives.

Yesterday Zach’s mom was reflecting (bragging? sharing? confessing?) that every time Zach eats chocolate he unavoidably gets it all over himself.  Asher doesn’t have this problem and so for a long time Zach’s chocolate-covered face remained a mystery.

The answer, when finally uncovered, is simple and deep:  Zach is SO happy to be eating chocolate that he can’t stop smiling – even as he eats it – and therefore his mouth is always just a little bit open.  So chocolate ends up drooling down his face, onto his chin, usually cascading all over his clothes.  Every time.

It’s unavoidable happiness.  Joy literally pouring out.  Can you imagine being so totally happy that you can’t stop smiling, no matter how messy the consequences?  Even if you could, you wouldn’t want to stop it or reign it in.  Multiple t-shirt changes and nightly laundry cycles are a small price to pay for the joy that radiates from this kid.  He’s compelling and inviting and just plain fun to be around.

Zach’s joy is contagious.  I want to live my life so more chocolate ends up on my face, too!


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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