A while back, I told my mom that like she used to do for us, I wash, peel, and chop up fruit for my kids to eat. They love it and can inhale quite a bit. My mom laughed and said, yes, your little sister used to wonder why American apples never tasted as good as Taiwanese apples. She reminded me that I also stopped eating fruit when I went to study at University in Canada, away from home.
Food is a way to for parents to show their love to their children. The taste of a clean, peeled, chilled apple is Mom’s LOVE. My mom sent me her journal entry and I’ve translated it for us to enjoy.
Taiwanese Apples are Better than American Apples!
In the heart of S, there was a question. Since apples are imported from the United States to Taiwan, why then did the apples that were eaten in the States never as delicious as the ones she ate at home in Taipei? It wasn’t until one night during her senior year at university, did she suddenly realize the answer!
Two of her classmates were hanging out with her in her dorm room that night. She took out an apple from the refrigerator and asked the two whether they would like to have some. Both of them shook their heads no. She then cut up the apple and just before she started to eat and purely out of courtesy, she politely asked them once again if they wanted to have any. Her friends suddenly changed their minds and now wanted to have some.
The question that S had harboured for so long was finally answered! The apple eaten at home in Taiwan was peeled, washed, and cut into pieces by mom. Of course that tasted so much better than apples in the U.S. that had to be peeled, washed, and cut into pieces by herself!
I published this article in my Kung Fu Mama WordPress blog post a few years ago… and today, my sister (of apple story above), sent me the link to a great article “Love in the Shape of Cut Fruit” by Chinese American Connie Wang. See? So you really CAN taste LOVE!