It’s Always about the Marshmallows

It’s Always about the Marshmallows


It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

John Wooden

If Pride and Prejudice is put in the DVD player, then homemade hot chocolate had better be heating on the stove. Oreo’s are expected to show up before show time and so are Twizzlers. However, heaven forbid if marshmallows fail to plop down into the steaming cups of chocolate milk. So what if there are no marshmallows?

Well, life will go on…that is true. But the marshmallows, floating in the chocolate pool until they melt making a creamy foam, adds an extra punch. Details, like a teaspoon of cinnamon in brownie mix, a handwritten note that’s been painstakingly decorated, or that unanticipated hug when needed most, are examples of things capable of enriching any day. I smile, saturated with happiness, when I see a kind note of encouragement left on my computer, especially since a super busy teenager took the time to write it.

Celebration New York Style

Details are important. Look at this photograph of New York City taken on New Year’s Eve, 2009. The shot oozes with a sense of commotion detailing how crazy the atmosphere is in NYC, especially when a celebration is under way. So many windows create interesting patterns above the people, some reflecting light while others are dark…which easily relates to the crowd since some of them possess hearts of light, while others are filled with darkness.

Black Cat in Athens

Although it may seem this photograph of a cat lacks details, it actually provides fantastic inspiration for poetry or a short story. The details are there…look again. Haphazardly white-washed, the steps look in need of repair because large gaps exist and weeds are growing. The black cat is not wearing a collar, and it may possibly be sniffing for food. The dirt in the larger pot is low and a small piece of paper is inside the pot, plus the plant on the step looks dead. So questions arise. How many cats live at this place? Could the piece of paper be important? Is the owner of this place in need of help? The photograph makes me wonder about what the front door looks like and who lives inside. Ah, yes…details. They are juicy tidbits that enhance everything.

As far as details in the craft of writing, let’s consider only characterization for this post. The most memorable characters are the ones whose personalities jump from the pages as a direct result of their characterization being filled with unique details about their past, present, and future goals, their habits…likes and dislikes, and details that reveal their inadequacies. Sometimes, what a character does wrong is more memorable than what most people would consider his/her high points. A flawed, but likeable, character with a deep dark secret…who gets into a precarious situation, compels many readers to find out what happens because they can relate to that on some level. Perfect characters? Does anyone know a perfect person? That would be difficult to relate to.

If by some chance you hit a grocery market today, snag a bag of marshmallows. Make hot chocolate, and add a handful of details to an ordinary day. You’ll smile with glee while snuggling on the couch with that special person…because life should be filled with marshmallows.

Add some fluff to life!

What are the details in your life that make it special? Have you had the pleasure of receiving a unique gift, or gesture, that while not necessary to survive, it caused joy? Feel free to leave a comment! Thanks for visiting the Noracast.


12 thoughts on “It’s Always about the Marshmallows

  1. So true! Details mean everything! They absolutely dictate the feel of any creative work and often make the larger points obsolete.

    And I completely agree with you about preferring a flawed but lovable character over a perfect character. It’s just so much easier to relate to a flawed person, being flawed myself.

    I believe I will take you up on your suggestion of hot chocolate with marshmallows and curl up with my cute boys for an evening of Toy Story or some such. It’s still fairly warm here as we are in the midst of a lovely Indian summer, but hot chocolate (with marshmallows) and a movie are still a grand idea.

    • Lyn:

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
      I’ve stocked up on marshmallows and cocoa to make hot chocolate…it has been chilly here in Michigan. I wish we were having an Indian summer!

      If you haven’t seen The Holiday, with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, check it out, well…if you like romantic comedy. This movie has flawed, but likable characters, and it’s a perfect movie getaway with the holidays coming up. The critics seem to think it was a little better than average, but so many people I know (myself included) enjoyed it. Yahoo users gave it a B+.

      Have a super Wednesday!

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