If you know what Quality Street chocolates are you will know that everyone has a favourite – toffee pennies, green triangles and what is only ever described as ‘the purple one’. When I was growing up, the greens and purples had rarity value and ownership of the last one in the tin was always hotly disputed.
Like these chocolates, people come in wrappers too. I think all of us have an exterior coating. This can hint at what we are on the inside, or disguise how we appear to others – sometimes what you see is exactly what you get, but not always. Some people are an acquired taste, some are brittle and difficult to digest, some hide a soft centre. Others need careful unwrapping before their real flavour is revealed. And yes, you do find the odd nut!
But do we need our foil coating? Unwrapped, we might melt. Personally, I think that’s preferable to being consigned to the bottom of the tin.