Many people in past generations had lived in Trisha's house. It was built in the 1910s and was forever on the market. Their house was a cute little cottage that only seemed to attract characters for owners. From an old silent movie star's vacation home to an enlightened hermit's cave, it was magnet for the strange and unusual.
This decade's pick for the house seemed to be their family of six. A creative bunch of cooky people who did things their own way. They belonged to a world class circus. Mom was the strong woman, Dad was the Ringleader, Grandma was a retired trapeze artist, Grandpa was the retired tall man, Trisha's little sister was the only nine year old flame thrower in the world, and Trisha was the resident fortune teller. There was no group of people who were meant for each other like this group of people. Always pleased to see each other and constantly challenging each other, they were a force to be reckoned with.
They had one slight hitch, they always had just enough money to pay the bills, but never just enough to explore the world in places the circus didn't reach or just take a vacation (not that they would like it much, they would probably be back to the circus in one week). They were all happy enough, because they all believed with truth in their hearts that the money is already here and plus, they were so grateful for the love they have with each other. Little did they know that right in front of their noses it was.
One day they were all enjoying a rare day where every last single one of them had a day off together and they were spending it at the cottage. Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa were all sitting on the porch discussing the bearded lady's recent wish to shave part of her beard off. It was a political scandal at the circus. Trisha and her sister Hope were taking part in their free time activity, metal detecting in their bathing suits. While they had used the new detectors at work, they had never tried them at home. At the same time they were eating chocolate marshmallow slices and having a good old time.
Hope's detector suddenly started beeping. Trisha ran over. “It's a good one Hope, I can feel it inside me. " They sat on the floor and started digging quite ferociously. What they discovered was a huge black smooth box made of marble. Mom shouted from the porch, “What did you guys find down there?" They were so focused on the box that all the sound was gone and that is how Mom knew it was something. Hope finally found the crack in the box. They used all their weight to open it and still it wouldn't budge. Mom was suddenly behind them lifting the lid in one slight tug.
Inside was beyond any of their wildest dreams. Jewels the size of which even Grandma's jewelry box had never seen in all different colors and shades. Shiny and heavy, they were indeed very real. In addition there were coins of all types and pieces of eight a-plenty. That's when the whole family knew that they were taken care of for life. Gratefulness swept over all their faces in four short seconds. While everyone else was looking at the treasure and weeping tears of gratitude, Mom was looking at the inside lid. Engraved in the lid was this message:
"I was a lonely soul when I discovered all this treasure and thought it would bring me love and happiness. Instead it brought me sadness and deeper loneliness. My dying wish is that whoever finds this treasure already has found true love and happiness. For it will bring them greater love and deeper happiness. It will be a testament of their love. "
Because they all knew true love and happiness between each other and within themselves, I am happy to say that they were peaceful and very happy for the rest of their days. Many vacations they had before all of them passed, after all owning a circus is hard work and vacations were needed. After all, it's hard when you are having fun.
"No Bake Chocolate Marshmallow Treasure Slices"*
Ingredients: ½ cup of margarine, 1 cup of raisins, 1 tbs of dark brown sugar, 2 cups of snipped marshmallows mixed colors, 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 8 oz of semi-sweet baking chocolate chopped, and 2 tbs of light corn syrup.
1) Set out an 8 inch square of plastic wrap.
2) Melt the margarine, brown sugar, cocoa, and corn syrup in a saucepan over low heat until all has dissolved. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over barely simmering water. Stir the chocolate into the margarine mixture. Mix in the marshmallows and the raisins.
3) Spoon the mixture into the middle of the plastic wrap. Roll the mixture to form a cylinder. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm. Cut into rounds.
4) Enjoy the chocolatey hidden treasures.
* Base of recipe from Cookies and then I molded it from there.
Rachael Rizzo has been acting since she was nine years old. She uses her experience to write about what the things she loves mean to her (mostly movies and baking). She is twenty-three years old and resides in beautiful Oregon.