February 14, 2008
My favorite candies while I was at Emerson college were Necco Sweethearts. I rarely ate them (they tasted like sugared gravel) but as I walked to campus each day I’d pass the Necco factory on Mass Ave and there was no more intoxicating aroma than fresh conversation hearts baking on a cold winter’s morning. It didn’t matter if you were spending Valentine’s night snuggling with a cutie from drama class or drunk and alone at Crossroads, the fragrance of those OH YOU KID-imprinted candies wafting across the Charles put everyone in a hearts and flowers mood.
Fast forward to 2005. Misty and I were at a Valentines event at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. I had chosen that time and place to propose, and I was scared out of my wits. Someone had set out some Sweethearts as a table decoration, so I palmed one that said MARRY ME just for insurance. I took Misty to the museum’s garden, stammered words that I hoped were coherent and gave her MARRY ME. She opened her other hand to reveal the candy heart she had palmed said the same thing.
Happy Valentines Day and God bless the New England Confectionery Company.
Paul Dini is the Emmy and Eisner Award winning writer of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Detective Comics, Countdown among many, many other things. You can find him online at either kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com or http://www.jinglebelle.com/.