Just a normal box of smarties, a box filled with candy coated chocolate orbs of heaven. Would that same box hold the same pleasure if all the chocolate inside was coated in one colour? Would it still be fun?
As a kid I would love separating all the colours and then eating one by one, I’d count how many reds, how many blues, greens, oranges that I had gotten in the box. When they created that extra “large” smartie I would love to search through the whole box till I found that BIG one. When they brought out a strawberry flavoured colour I would love to find those special ones, hidden inside the candy so that you only knew it was Strawberry once it was inside your mouth.
Till this day, I love smarties. Eating them slowly, often I nibble of the candy first and then eat the chocolate, messy but fun. At other times I will pop one in my mouth and crack the candy between my teeth allowing the chocolate to melt and for my taste buds to get sent into heaven.
Truth is I have always likened smarties to humans, to animals, to the earth and the world as a whole. For me that box of smarties would be so bland and boring if it weren’t for the colour’s it held. Each different colour in that box make the box, make it interesting, fun and a whole bunch of yums.
Smarties are the World
All those different colours make the box as it is in this world, all the races make this world what it is, interesting. If the whole world was just one colour, one race where would the variety be? Where would the interesting differences be?
Finding that strawberry flavoured smartie can be one of the most exciting things. Tasting something unexpected can open up a whole new realm within the taste bud universe much like finding or coming into contact with a new culture. Meeting someone different to you, perhaps someone from a different land or a culture different to your own can be both inspiring and fascinating. If the world was one culture, if everyone had the same traditions, would there be any growth? Would all humanity just stagnate and blend?
When there is a big smartie we get excited because it is something different, it is a shake up and change. We seek it out and love it, perhaps we leave it for last just to save the pleasure of eating it. It’s big but we love it.
When you find a broken or chipped smartie in the box, do you discard it or do you still savour it? For me it adds even more character, there is still such beauty in it, I savour it and no matter what it is a smartie, it is still yummy. We don’t discriminate when we open that box, we see it as it is, a box of smarties in vibrant colours and variety, all shapes and sizes.
For me Smarties represent love, they represent truth and the best part is you can arrange them how you want to… straight out of the box, a peace sign, a heart, a car or a ship, the finger or a symbol of rage and anarchy… the choice is always ours.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you are, the colour of your skin the land you come from, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because you are human and you are amazing!
Life is a box of Smarties
… what you do with it is up to you …