It's time to do a little writing for Sunday Scribblings. This week the Sunday Scribblings prompt is "raw". This post is about things I've learned from my daughter. I'll also be using it for Monday Memories. Why don't you stop by both places and share something you've written!
I tend to be a creature of habit and routine. While I love visiting new places and learning about new things, trying something new is a bigger stretch for me. Most often I will order the same item off the menu at my favorite restaurants over and over again. The same goes with items I purchase. If I like it, I continue to use it and I buy the same thing next time. I don't go with the latest fads or have a strong inclination to try out "new-fangled contraptions." I guess you could say I'm not really the adventurous sort.
Many of the new things I've tried and come to like are the result of being inspired, encouraged, poked and prodded by my daughter. She is a die-hard comparison shopper, studying up on everything from food to technology in order to decide what the best options and prices are. She is definitely not an impulse buyer, and if she does purchase something on a whim, she's more than likely to return it a couple days later in favor of something she's decided she likes better.
I remember coming to visit her one Saturday shortly after she had graduated from college and began her first nursing job. As we sat at a restaurant in the mall waiting for our lunch to arrive, she pulled a small camera out of her purse and said, "Look Mom, you can see the pictures when you take them!" That was my introduction to the world of digital photography. Nowdays we all pass digital photos back and forth on a daily basis with our phone cameras, a capability that has added so much fun to sharing news and family updates! Gone are the days of taking multiple photos and toting rolls of film to developers in hopes of some of them coming back as good shots.
It was also she who first introduced me to the Internet, and then gifted me with her computer when they purchased a new one. After some initial frustration in learning to navigate, it didn't take me long to fall in love with the Internet, not only for the vast resources and knowledge available at the click of keys, but more importantly for the ability to interact with people from all over the world. In no time at all I was hooked!
Last year she was singing the praises of the iPhone she'd just purchased. Humph, I said. I think it would be hard to use something other than a Windows-based operating system. But then she showed John and I all the amazing things she could do with this new phone, and all the wonderful apps that could be installed. Pretty fascinating I had to admit. I gave John one last November. Mine came as a birthday gift from him in February, and I have to say I LOVE it! Easiest gizmo to use that I've taken on yet. Yes... old dogs can learn new tricks! :-)
Along with technology, she's introduced me to hair products, makeup, whole foods, cooking techniques, and food supplements. She's shared tips and products for pet care, garden care, household organization, and car maintenance. What I've come to know is that if she recommends it, it's most likely really good!
One of our most recent adventures in sharing and learning took place when I was visiting her last Fall. She'd been telling me how much she had come to love sushi, after being introduced to it by a friend. Humpf, was probably the nicest of my thoughts on that subject. Ewww, was more like it! Raw fish?? Who wants to eat that? It didn't sound at all appealing, but knowing that she's a pretty picky eater when it comes to unusual food items and tastes, I agreed to go with her to her favorite sushi bar and give it a try. She ordered three different kinds of sushi rolls, a sampling of things she thought I might enjoy, know that I don't care for hot/spicy stuff or over-the-top sauces. Much to my amazement, it was delicious... tasting so fresh and healthy, and so very pretty too! We took our leftovers home and had finished them well before bedtime.
While options for sushi in the smaller city where live are somewhat limited, I find myself craving it, and settling for the second-rate offerings at the local grocery/deli. Dinner out at Osaka's for the good stuff is a special treat. Who would have thought raw fish could taste that good? While I've made a sushi convert out of my coworker, I haven't been able to convince my husband that it's tasty. He agreed to try a few bites but wasn't much impressed, and continues to refer to it as "bait", saying it belongs on the end of a fish hook, not on the dinner plate. :-)
When I think of all the wonderful ways my life has been enhanced through introductions of things by my daughter, I realize once again how blessed I am to have her in my life. As parents, we hopefully teach our children many things as they are growing up. Isn't is wonderful that it works two ways, and we learn maybe even more from them in the long run?!