|I'm obviously very thankful for this little critter. He's lounging in front of the gas logs.|
This time of year, my thoughts, like many others’, turn to the things that I’m thankful for. I could give you a list of what I’m thankful for. But I thought instead I would tell you a story about a little adventure Larry and I had yesterday.
We went to Lynchburg to do some shopping and decided to eat lunch at a Japanese restaurant we haven’t tried before.
We’ve both had Japanese food before, and Larry loves sushi, but compared to what we were served and the way we were served Sunday, we got more of the “real” food we were looking for.
As we walked through the dining room towards our seat, I saw a lot of people using chopsticks and eating dishes I didn’t recognize.
Then the host left us with menus plus a paper sushi menu with pencils.
What were we supposed to do with these?
The waiter, a very nice young man who looked like he probably attended one of the local colleges, appeared to take our drink orders. I decided to be straight-forward.
“We’ve never been here before,” I said. “What do we do with these little menus?”
The waiter said we would order any sushi by filling out the paper menu. Everything else would be ordered off the other menu.
So Larry and I looked over the menus. We didn’t recognize a lot of the dishes. We laughed at our own confusion. Then I remembered I had my phone. I Googled a few things on the menu to find out what they were. For example, I learned that sashimi is raw meat or fish thinly sliced.
Larry wanted sushi with salmon, and I wanted a vegetarian roll with cream cheese, avocado, and cucumber. We filled out our papers. Then we decided on the main dishes: teriyaki steak and shrimp for Larry, vegetable tempura for me.
The service was so nice. We got our sushi and rolls, then onion soup, which I had never had but found delicious. A green salad followed with a dressing that tasted good even though we didn’t know what kind it was.
When the main meal came, it was on a tray, with a bamboo mat covering the bottom. It was a multitude of food.
I loved the dishes—the small ones for the sauces, the soup spoon perfectly shaped, the pretty plates.
No, I didn’t get any photos. I was concentrating on the food and atmosphere, but now I wish I had snapped a few.
I wanted to try the chopsticks and took them out of the wrapper. I couldn’t figure out at first that I was supposed to pull them apart (don’t laugh). I fiddled with them a little, but I couldn’t seem to get the hang of it.
Larry brought his chopsticks home and practiced this afternoon. I think he wants to go back soon for more food.
So why is this something to be particularly thankful for? I spent time with my husband, we ate good food, and we had fun experiencing something new. We might have been a bit embarrassed by our lack of knowledge, but we just joked about it and had a good time.
These little adventures—these moments of life—they mean so much to me nowadays. I no longer wait for the perfect time to have the perfect day. Any day can be made an adventure, don’t you think?
Blessings to all of you, and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday!
Note: This week, instead of posting on Thursday, I’ll post on Friday.