Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Do you like green eggs and ham?


Last week, Toby shared his favorite childhood book with many students at his school. When Toby was a child, he often asked his mother to read this book to him before he would go to bed. And when there came times when he was not sure if he'd like a certain food or vegetable that appeared on his dinner plate, his mother would often say these lines from the book:
"You do not like them.
SO you say.
Try them! Try them!
And you may."


This book and the message gained from this book helped Toby adjust to food in Japan much quicker than he probably would have otherwise. It is also a reason why he continues to "TRY" natto (fermented soybeans). He has found a few different ways to like it, such as tempura natto or dry natto, but it's still a very difficult taste and texture for him. While he understands the health benefits, he still hasn't acquired a taste for the stuff. It happens and Maiko has a few things she doesn't appeal to, as well. For example, oatmeal and root beer (a type of soda in America). Everyone has their likes and dislikes. The point of this post, book and message is that you MUST at least try something before you determine if you like or dislike it.
Above is a few pictures (although blurry) of Toby's book reading (click to enlarge). He tried to be animated in his reading like his mother used to be. The children laughed, enjoyed and seemed to get the message. We hope so.

6 comments:

Joe said...

I don't blame you for having difficulty in eating natto.Natto goes well with Japanese hot boiled rice & miso soup, not with bread or meat.
I always appreciate your fitting into Japanese society and culture,
which is the most important thing.

Norman Delaney said...

"You do not like NATTO.
SO you say.
Try them! Try them!
And you may."
Time to reconsider this vitamin B rich power food.
Read up on it and then, down the hatch!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natt%C5%8D
Even my little sister in Seattle eats NATTO on a regular basis.
You don't know what you are missing!
Morning POWER RUSH meal!

b.m.t. said...

That Snowman I am, that Snowman I am. I do not like that Snowman I am. Ha ha ha...

Seriously, though, did you even read the blog post or are you purposely trying to be annoying?!?

As I mentioned in the blog (do I really have to repeat myself?!?), I understand the health benefits of natto, but it is something that I have not acquired a taste for....even after many, many years of TRYING IT!! I thought we already had this conversation?!? Seriously, let it go. If you cannot, let's go to a medical clinic together and have a battle of who is the healthiest. Ha ha ha....

p.s. Good for your sister. She's almost as Japanese as you! Ha ha ha

p.p.s. I know a lot of Japanese adults who do not appreciate the taste of natto, too. As I mentioned above, it happens. Life goes on and you find those nutrients elsewhere AND you get a lot of good/healthy exercise.

b.m.t. said...

And, as always, thank you for reading our blog. ;) (wink)

Norman Delaney said...

Well, Excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse Me!
How about some blue cheese, saltine crackers and red wine?

b.m.t. said...

cheese, crackers and red wine are awesome!! if only you'd come over and join me....