Shelley’s love for chocolate:

It all started as a kid, I always had a stash of chocolate in the house.  I would eat all kinds of chocolate at least once a day.  I was so desperate once; that I ate half a box of Pot of Gold chocolates that was under the Christmas tree, and re-wrapped it neatly so as to not reveal it had been opened.

When I was 9 years old my mother decided that it was time we ate “healthy” and started buying Carob for us instead of chocolate.  Sick of trying to convince my taste buds that Carob (a legume that comes from the carob tree grown in Florida) was a good substitute for real chocolate. I searched every nook and cranny of the house for a hidden stash of chocolates. After rummaging through the house, I finally came upon a little box of chocolates in the bathroom medicine cabinet, which struck me as a strange place for my Mom to be hiding things.   Nevertheless, I ate the WHOLE box.  I don’t know if Exlax still uses ‘chocolate flavor’ for its medication, but all I can suggest is don’t EVER eat chocolate you find in the bathroom, it can result in dire consequences!!!!

I never knew that on that fateful day I would one day be a princess in a chocolate factory!

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little-princess-nowings webWhy Princess Shelley?

I have to blame my family for my Princess title, they were the ones who created “Princess Shelley”. Growing up my father was very sick with heart disease and was given a very short time to live. Fortunately I was able to share the first 6 years of my life with him before he passed away. During the six years I was able to enjoy with him, he used to call me Pookie.

One of our favorite things to do as kids was to put together plays for my parents to watch. My sister, 8 years older, would write and perform them and my three other siblings would help put the sets together and perform. Since I was so young they found a way to keep me involved with out “ruining ” their play.

They dressed me up as a princess and put me on a chair in the middle of the stage. I was to stand there and look cute! When I was 5 years old, just starting kindergarten, my teacher did the opening roll call and called my name; Shelley Wallace. I stood up and politely told her that was not my name. I kindly asked her to address me as “Shelley Dawn Pookie Princess Wallace”!