But what bliss. The Sugus are as I remember them. Mild fruity flavors of strawberry, lemon, orange and lime, not so sweet, such joy to bite into. They brought me back to the carefree past when life was simple and a piece of fruity candy was enough to emboss a lasting smile on my face, and in my heart. During the time when all the people I first loved were still here with me. Thank you, Swan, for that, and for the opportunity to share a piece of my childhood with my son.
But I fear I'm doing a grave injustice to the package by highlighting the candy, because Swan sent a motley of other Portuguese treats and holiday specials from Holland, in a stocking (she wrote a note on a card with a picture of a red Christmas stocking), with apparent love and care and which deserve more than enough praise.
There is a collection of old-fashioned hard candies - cinnamon pillows, mint pillows, pear drops, boterbabbelaars (a kind of butter caramel candies), licorice, and others. And of course a big bar of Dutch chocolate! Then there is a a box of anti-oxidant-rich African Summer Rooibos (Red Bush) tea, which was first introduced to me via Dev's package from New York. I loved it so much that now I'm so happy I have a whole box of them from Swan. She also included a Delft Blauw (Blue) tile, a sought-after and historically precious product of Holland, decorated with a windmill and made into a refrigerator magnet.
The rest of the Portuguese loot consists of various paté - atum (tuna), sardinha (sardines), and several packets of camarao (shrimps). All in all a very special and well-thought-of care package. Extremely appreciated, Swan, from a person you made especially delighted. I will try to appropriate each item to make them last a little longer. Except, of course, for the Sugus.