The morning glowed clear and sunny. Miles of road spread out before us as we made our way to The South Bend Chocolate Company adventure. It is rumored they have a small museum with a lot of fossils there. I remember visiting it long ago. Rooster and I thought it would be a good place to take the grandchildren on a warm fall day. They like chocolate, and they might even learn a thing or two during the experience.
Our experience on the South Bend Chocolate Company adventure
Disappointment filled our hearts as soon as we went in search of the museum. They closed it down due to COVID. A nice lady told us they planned to move it out by the airport before the lockdown. Once things get back to normal, they might open it up again. I doubt that will ever happen. The museum filled with fossils might never become a reality. COVID has robbed us of so many interesting things.
We did manage to find a window from which we could view a display of fossils and dinosaur bones. I’m not sure if they were real or made out of plastic. We stood looking at the display for a while, disappointment melting into our bones.
Hot chocolate became the only answer for our melancholy. We all enjoyed a cup outside on the store’s patio in the crisp autumn air. After we were finished, the kids found a gorilla statue to climb on. It ended up being a nice adventure even without the museum.
Rooster and I plan to call ahead the next time we visit one of these small museums. So many things are closed due to COVID. The things that were once so important are fading into the dust of the past. I am starting to question what the world of New normal will look like when the smoke clears.
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