February has a tough act to follow after all of the holidays celebrated in the previous months. In its favor, however, February celebrates the holiday for lovers. Yes, the realist pessimists see Valentine’s day as a marketing scheme - a chance to sell colored hearts that on any other given day would be too bright and overly priced to stomach. And yes, the single independent population dubs the day as “Black Saturday.”
The battle over validating the day can be alleviated if it isn’t exclusive to lovers, but to love. Love doesn’t only come in a heart shaped box or a small jewelry case. Love can be furry, sung in a tune, set in a pair of eyes, cooked from a recipe, or written in the sand. It can be shared between parents and children or between a good book and its reader.
This month, I was lucky to witness the love between a Khaya client named Bruce and his new best friend. Bruce gave me the fortunate opportunity of sharing his Khaya karma story. Now this is the love I was talking about…. Puppy love! Bruce writes:
This puppy brought me to you.
I am a carpenter these days and last summer I lost my wonder red English Cocker, Ceder. This little guy is my new puppy, born on New Year's Eve and coming home to me in March.
He needs a name. His color (in daylight) is a mahogany and in researching mahogany, I found the species of African mahoganies are of the genus 'Khaya'. How pleasant a word! Hoping to do better research than President Obama's team of cabinet nominees, I 'googled' the word to make sure there were no obnoxious or weird associations with it. None of which were found; nothing strange about a home or a hut!
Of course, the Khaya Cookie Company came up in the search, and I thought what a wonderful way to announce my new puppy, by giving out Khaya cookies! The Khaya Cookie Company retailers assured me that I wasn't likely to be getting chocolate covered insects (just kidding). I liked your business model. I had in fact meant to get 3 boxes each of the cookies I ordered, so, on the assumption that they are as good as they look, I intend to order again very soon! So that's my story on how I found you.
Bruce Britton ( & Khaya)
THANK YOU to Bruce and Khaya for your warm thoughts. Your story is what motivates the Khaya Cookie Company to continue its passionate mission of cooking, caring, and conscience.
Enjoy the Khaya cookies !!