My Fathers Hands

My Fathers Hands

    It is one week before Christmas. I can see how tired he is.  Everytime I ask the question, "How are doing Dad?" the answer is always the same.  "I am fine. ". 

I am fine is waking at five in the morning.  I am fine is pushing out countless batches of creams, caramels, brittles and fudge that would make another man cry.  I am fine is crawling into bed after he makes sure that we leave late at night.  I am fine dances in the pain of excruciating leg cramps in the dark of night because he pushes to hard. 

His hands tell the story of a man who has given his soul to grow a business for his children.  Like a mechanic he wears the stain of dark chocolate on his hands.  The same hands are chapped  from hours of rolling creams, constant washing, and pulling gloves on and off.   Burn scars tell the story of bubbling caramel and fudge.  On occasion as he scoops and stirs and scrapes his fingers stop frozen in protest over too many hours in too few days.  

These are the same hands that will stop to give a hug to a great grandaughter when she deigns him worthy of one.  The same thumbs that twiddle in circles at church when he can barely hold his eyes open.  The worn and caloused hand that reaches to hold my Mom's  when they walk. 

Like his father before him he knows nothing but hard work.  Like Grandpap his hands hold our family and our hearts.  My father's hands tell the story of years of dedication and hard work,  to give us his children and grandchildren the gift of a future built on love and family tradition.  

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We have enjoyed the fruits of “My Father’s Hands” for many years, my favorite being the milk chocolate almond butter crunch. This Christmas our oldest son (who has been the giver of all our Snowflake chocolates) gave not only my favorites but also a box of assorted chocolates. We lived in Jericho in the late 50’s, early 60’s,and that place has a special place in our hearts and memories. Snowflake Bentley is one of our fondest memories. Thank you for your persistence in hard work to produce your delicious candies. They are a special treat for us as we winter in Florida.
Sincere Fans, Stewart and Susan Chalmers


What a great story!!! Bob is an inspiration to all who know him. May the Peace and Joy of Christmas be with you all. Merry Christmas to everyone at Snowflake Chocolates.

Steve Vande Walle

How beautiful! Thank you for writing and sharing this.

Nancy Osborne

I am speechless! I just don’t know what to say!
This family keeps on giving year round!
We are so blessed by this family!

THeresa Rivers

You’ve done it again !!!!!This made me cry but so so true! I love that grumpy old man with a heart of gold and hands that show his soul ❤


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