If you ever see me eating M&Ms you can be certain that they melt in my mouth AND in my hands. -That's because I've microwaved them for as long as I can remember. Before you start thinking that I'm crazy, know that I'm not the only one who does this. My siblings do it too. And our children microwave their M&Ms. My mom even has a stack of small microwavable bowls and a large container stocked with M&Ms at all times.
The origin of intentionally melting our M&Ms is quite simple. For years, my Dad drove eighty or more miles everyday from our small town to his workplace in Arlington. He worked long hours and then had a long drive home. I remember being excited along with my brother and sisters when we would hear his truck driving down the dirt road returning home. We were doubly excited when, many times Dad would get out of his truck and then pat his shirt pockets. That signal let us know that he had stopped on the way home to get M&Ms for each of us. Having stayed in his pocket for the trip, the M&Ms were always melted to perfection.
Having tasted my M&Ms that way, I have abandoned eating them any other way. I mean, I may have tossed a few of the unmelted candies in my mouth if they were offered to me or if I see a bowl of them at a party. But I hold no affection for them.
The candies I love are reminiscent of my father's love. They represent a father who, though busy and tired, took the time to make his children feel special and loved. They bring back time spent with my father. I am thankful my children and my nieces and nephews have experienced the thrill of seeing Papa pat his pocket.
We live over three- hundred miles away from my Dad now. My Dad is still the hardest working man I know. We look forward to finding time between demanding schedules and distance to spend time together. Even over geographical distance, M&Ms are still eaten melted at the Burden house. I don't remember who started microwaving the M&Ms. Like many other things, my siblings and I would probably each assume lone credit. But I think we would agree on one thing. The melted M&Ms serve as a reminder that our lives have been blessed having been warmed by our father's heart.
You must know Dad.
Through your provision,
through your sacrifice,
through your love,
and simply through your presence,
you have colored my world and warmed my heart.