Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The unexpected sweetness of life




Not sure what to write about today until I made a trip to the grocery store. Strange where small moments of sweetness pop up. I don't usually have too much good to say about grocery shopping-the price and quality and annoying clerks are usually the main topics. Today, I had this lovely experience.


One a week(sometimes more) I go to the Sushi bar at the grocery store where a very kind and well mannered young man began working about a year and a half ago. The bar is called Danny Sushi and over the course of this past year + I have gotten to know him a bit. We became friendly and a stop to chat was always on the list for me. About half way through the year+ he began to ask me if he was saying things correctly in English and would I correct him if not. I told him I would be happy to help. Then when I did help him with different confusing things he would add some little treat to my purchases-free of charge. Crab rolls, Shrimp shumai, stuff like that. I told me one day that he would make any rolls that I wanted. Even ones that normally don't appear in his case. This led to some very delicious things. He made me Futomaki and Tamago rolls. And so it went for months. Last week I picked up my sushi and gave him a nice pair of gloves commenting that his hands needed protecting since they are the hands of a Master. We laughed and wished each other a good holiday and that was that. Today I stopped by to wish him a happy New Year. He had made me my favorite rolls and shrimp shumai when he saw me in the store-all free of charge. I nearly wept -it was the most touching thing from this man who barely knows me. A tiny gift but full of special care and goodness. We did the bowing to each other thing which, if done well ,can lead to much laughter. You bow, I bow, you bow again, rinse, repeat. Very funny.


There is much to be happy with in the world. Most of it is the sweet stuff, the tender stuff and the small gifts of friendship.


I want to thank you for the gift of yours and wish you a simple, sweet and healthy year ahead.

9 comments:

Janet said...

There are thoughtful, generous people in the world and you have found one of them. Friendships can happen in the most unlikely places. Enjoy your sushi!!

Joanne S said...

Yes, there are kind thoughtful people in the world, and Dee, you are one.

I also had a sushi experience with a library customer who would deliver sushi to the library for me. When I asked for sushi for my birthday you would have thought I had given her a huge gift. She was overwhelmed with delight at making me "birthday sushi". such a little thing. No bowing.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Oh, now that is one beautiful Christmas story, Dee! It brought tears to my eyes with the very sweetness of both of you!!! Hugs to you as we enter into a new year and the wish that more and more sweetness will unexpectedly come back into your life in just such marvelously unexpected ways!

Gerrie said...

What a lovely story. I can just see this playing out. Do you know that you have a gift for writing? I think I have told you this before. Think about it!! Well, I guess you are writing - on your blog.

Barbara C said...

Very sweet post Dee. There are kind people in the world, and it's a joy when we encounter them.

Terri said...

Thanks for the touching story, Dee. So nice to find some tenderness and love in the world.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world..." This is a fine example of that!
Hugs!!!

Terry said...

You receive back the kindness you give out. Your unasked for reward for your own goodness. Happy New Year!

Libby said...

Oh Dee, what a wonderful story. You have made a special friend for sure *s*

Kay said...

I hope you have a year full of wonderful experiences, Dee.