Ted (merovingian) wrote,
Ted
merovingian

Happiness is a Choice. (And so are strawberries.)

I know a man who has devoted his adult life to his own perfect enjoyment of strawberries. He's studied botany, cooking, and psychology. He's also put some specialized study into poetry, agriculture, physiology and chemistry.

He can count the number of seeds in a strawberry by taste and texture. He can describe, in glowing poetic detail, how the flavor of any two strawberries differ. He knows how best to watch a strawberry and anticipate its flavor before eating it, to appreciate it more fully. He knows every spice, syrup and heating that can affect a strawberry's flavor. He knows which parts of the tongue are best for appreciating different aspects of the strawberry's flavor.

Perhaps he enjoys strawberries the most in the whole world -- he's definitely put in the effort.

He had never tried another kind of berry, so this weekend, I suggested he try a raspberry. He was hesitant, but I convinced him that he might understand a strawberry better by contrast.

"So, what do you think?" I asked when he'd eaten it.

He seemed confused and concerned, but not really displeased. Stunned, maybe.

"I have no idea what I think of this," he said.
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