The Chocolate Bar


The Chocolate Bar
By Linda C Butler
Told by Charles Vance (1909-1989)

The Second World War was over in Europe in May 1945 but rationing in Canada continued as there were still food shortages.

In the fall of 1945 I was in Thicket Portage and purchased supplies for the trapline. I knew the storekeeper well.  He had obtained a few chocolate bars and saved one for me. I was thrilled to purchase a chocolate bar as they were not available during the war years.  We planned to be in the bush all winter and I knew that this chocolate bar would make a wonderful present for Naomi (Jane).  I carefully tucked it out of sight, and when we returned to the cabin I put it into an empty four-pound jam pail and sealed the lid.  I hid the pail on the top shelf of our warehouse where I stored my traps.  Naomi never went in there and I expected that it would be safe until Christmas time.

One warm fall day I went to work on the trapline while Naomi stayed home and decided to surprise me by cleaning the warehouse.

I returned home that night and she said: “Charlie, I was so surprised when I cleaned on the top shelf because I found a sealed jam tin.  I was curious as to what was inside so I pried the lid off and guess what; there was a chocolate bar inside.”

“I was hiding your Christmas present.”

At this point, there was no point in waiting for Christmas, so we ate the chocolate bar that night.

© Linda C Butler 2013


About Linda C Butler

I write pioneer stories from the Herb Lake Ghost Town in Manitoba. Please do not re-blog this material or re-publish without my permission.
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1 Response to The Chocolate Bar

  1. janice anderson says:

    ill bet that was the best chocolate bar she ever ate!

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