Day 100 – Chocolate Makes The World A Better Place

Chocolate makes the world a better place.  It really does.  Can you imagine never having had a chocolate bar?  It seems almost impossible.  And who wants to live in that world anyway?  I am at work, again.  I swear grocery store time moves at 1/3 the pace as regular time.  My third customer seems a little young to be buying alcohol….plus it is 8 in the morning.  So I ask to see her ID.  She hands it to me…her birthday is today’s date!  She is 26.  ‘Hooray!  Happy Birthday!”  She smile and says thanks.  After talking for a bit about what her plans are I hand her the receipt and send her on her way.  “Oh Wait!  You forgot this.”  I slip a Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar into her bag.  “I didn’t buy that…”  She says, puzzled.  “I know.  Happy Birthday!”  She laughs and walks out happy and excited.  I pay for the bar…instead of just writing it off on our spoils sheet.  That makes it more official as a gift.  At least this long day started off on the right foot.  Sigh.

This was a really simple piece.  By design.  It was a simple gift.  Giving something little can change someone’s day.  Go make a small gift for someone.  It helps to set a budget for yourself….like under 5 dollars.  Under 2 might be even better….This might force you to get creative.  FREE is the best.  It really challenges you to recognize what you have in abundance and what you could do to make a gift.  Oh….and we are at Day 100.  Woohoo!

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My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at www.undersong.com as well. Thanks for your time.
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4 Responses to Day 100 – Chocolate Makes The World A Better Place

  1. Maggie Pike says:

    Hey Josh! Congratulations on making it to day 100! I love watching this project progress. I hope the holidays are treating you well!

    • giftprolific says:

      Hey Maggie,

      Thanks so much. It has been really fun doing this project. Tough at times….but worth it. I can’t wait to see it in it’s finished form. I am glad you like it. Thanks for reading and supporting my art. Have a great Holiday as well. Talk to you soon.

  2. Linda Garrity says:

    I concur with your sentiment that chocolate does make the world a better place, especially dark chocolate! And I know from experience by having to walk down the aisle with my hand blocking my vision that your work place has a plethora of temptations all year round, much less only during this holiday season.

    Yesterday, I was in a baking frenzy-Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, Cranberry Almond Bread, and a new entry that my friend requested, Ina Garten’s Shortbread dipped in (you guessed it!) dark chocolate! I had given away most of my cookie cutters throughout the years, but found the shape of a star, which seemed fitting for this gift. Sadly, I don’t think they would travel well all the way to California, but if you’d like to see the recipe, it is here:
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/shortbread-cookies-recipe2/index.html
    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I have specific plans to give all this away-I have absolutely no will power when it comes to stuff like this.

    Happy 100 Day!!!!! What a major milestone!!!!! At my children’s grade school, in the kindergarten the 100th day was a day of great celebration. I vaguely remember each kid was supposed to bring in 100 of something; pennies, Cheerios, Skittles, cotton balls, licorice sticks, Lego pieces, etc. LOTS of counting and graphing (and gobbling up the edible contributions) going on all day. It truly is something to celebrate in whatever manner seems right to you-congrats!
    http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQadZzDf3BhycCD1I9Af4x6kACPmCk4vLHs-mulP8GLgqhc8hr1

    I totally agree that a gift doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or even anything really-many times, the simpler the better. I don’t know how closely you’ve been following 29gifts lately, but they are having a Gifting Outside the Box Challenge on December 29, which is to give away something you never thought you would part with-hmmmm, many interpretations of that one, don’t you think?

    http://www.29gifts.org/events/december-29-2011-gifting-outside-the-box-challenge

    XOXO

    • giftprolific says:

      Its early for me….But I really like that idea. I have been thinking about giving away some stuff that I thought I never could let go of. My simpsons dvds, my guitars, etc. I want to really badly….I just wanna find the right time and person I guess. Thanks for the recipe. That sounds awesome. I just wanted to quickly reply….Off to work I go. Woohoo. Talk to you soon. See you in just a few days.

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