Dear Milton S. Hershey,
I have never known much about you or your legacy save my many moments of enjoying a Kit Kat bar or Hershey’s Kiss or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or Hershey’s instant hot chocolate. I’ve known your last name and that is about it.
Yesterday I learned a little about your genius. About how you cleared a field …not deemed much good to anyone else but you saw the potential. You took the rock, had it made into houses for your workers and then made the field into pastureland. You soon named your new enterprise “Hershey’s Chocolate Company” in the late 19th century and the rest is a history…the history of a chocolate that is filled with kid-friendly sweetness.
Kid-friendly sweetness in more ways than one. Not only do children never say no to your chocolates but your enterprise has a wonderfully refreshing aura in the face of a world that is fast becoming less and less family friendly. Touring Hershey’s Chocolate World yesterday was an experience for both us and our children. We all got to learn about you and your legacy in a way that got the children involved. A 3D movie, a ride through the different steps involved in making chocolate…it was a treat from start to finish. And what made me most pleased was that my children were in a place where they were allowed to have fun, kid style.
Mr. Hershey, I think you would be happy to see where your chocolate company has gone. Unlike many men who would turn in their graves if they knew what their legacy had become, I can assure you you would be very pleased! Your chocolate has stood the test of time and it is an honor to find out more about the man who helped put a smile on the faces of our three children yesterday!
A very grateful mom
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And to my children,
You all did so well yesterday! A three hour drive each way, an entire day of activities until late into the evening and not one melt down…you were so grateful for everything we did. I was so thankful and proud! Your daddy and I love making memories with you!