Our daughters will be home for the holidays soon and this means it’s time for our annual trek to Turkish Delight, a little deli in downtown Seattle, to buy a box of Turkish Delight. We’d never heard of the sweet gel candies made of sugar and cornstarch and rosewater flavor until we read, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis. In the story, the Queen of Narnia, aka the White Witch, gives Edmund a box of Turkish Delight. Edmund couldn’t eat just one.
The witch conjured up several pounds of the best Turkish Delight Edmund had ever tasted. “Sweet and light to the very centre” – Our daughters stopped the reading that night. Is Turkish Delight real? Their eyes shined. Charlie didn’t think so. This is a work of fiction, he said, and continued reading.
The next night, he left the table to fetch the book and came back with it and a small white box. Now his eyes were shining. He opened the box and grinned. Turkish Delight is real.
The Narnia story goes; the more Edmund ate, the more he wanted to eat. We enjoyed the candies, not nearly as much as Edmund, but when the holidays rolled around the following year, our daughters asked when we were bringing home the Turkish Delight and this is how our annual trek began. A tradition we’ve kept up, not out of greed, poor Edmund, but out of the good memories we share from those nights we read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe together.
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Turkish Delight. Photo by Chris Buttigieg at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons.