Yesterday when I picked Bunny up from school she said, "There was a boy who cried because he didn't understand what we were saying. He only speaks Japanese."
"Oh, that's so sad! What could you do to make him feel better," I replied.
Bunny thought about it and responded, "We could learn to speak Japanese!"
"Okay, but that might take time...what's something you can do tomorrow if he feels bad?"
More thinking, "Maybe teach him a word? ...Or, give him a hug?"
"Those are great things to do," I said from the front seat as my eyes inexpicably filled with tears. "I'm sure he would love that."
Bunny told me that this little boy also has to eat lunch at a special table because he is allergic to nuts. Heart-breaking, right? So I talked to Bunny further and told her that she already knows some words in Japanese like: miso, sushi, nori, tofu, ...and Totoro!
Later, as I was packing her bento Bunny sidled up to me and said, "Hey, I can show (boy's name) my lunch tomorrow! I can tell him, 'I'm eating inari sushi! That's Japanese!'"
And I said, "That's a great idea!"
Then she added, "But don't pack any nuts. No nuts, Mamma, because I want to sit next to him at his table!...Remember, no nuts!"
Can you see why I'm so head over heels in love with my daughter? Sometimes I wonder where she comes up with these things. She astonishes me with her emotional intelligence.
Bunny, I am so proud of you. You are the most special, the most big-hearted, the most loving, the most caring little girl in the whole wide world...or so I'd like to think. :-)
I love you, and I hope you enjoy your lunch today!
- 1 can inarizushi-no-moto (aka aburage or fried tofu pouches, available at any Japanese market)
- seasoned rice wine vinegar
- hot, cooked, short-grain rice
- (shredded carrots, toasted sesame seeds optional)
Prepare rice according to directions on the can (sprinkle with rice vinegar). In Hawaii inari (or cone) sushi rice is often mixed with a few strands of shredded carrot (for color) and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, but you can omit.
Carefully peel apart the fried tofu pockets (like for pita bread) and stuff with a small rectangular ball of seasoned rice. Place seam-side down on a plate. Serve right away.