There are times to say no.
There are times to say I'll think about it.
There are times to say yes.
And then there are times when all thought drops and you experience your whole body saying Yes! Yes! Yes! without your permission. You are along for the ride.
Those are the best kinds of yes.
When the spirit of adventure strikes.
We've driven by the Asian Food Center, "Hung Phat", on E. Burnside and 82nd a few times recently, and Ruah keeps asking if we can stop and buy some white rabbit candies. Apparently they are her favorites now. On the way home from the girls' dentist appointments this morning, we drove past again. This time I said yes.
We walked in and easily found the candy/snacks aisle. So many were from Japan, and since I lived in Japan for a year, I recognized many. A balloon inside me began filling with excitement. Pocky Sticks! Little jellies, wafers, matcha green tea flavors! Katakana alphabet. Cute little anime characters. Meiji brand name. All these Japanese details delighted my eyes.
"Can we try this?" Ruah asks. Lychee pudding.
"Look at this!" Irie says, pointing to cute panda packaging.
"Yes, let's try it!"
"Oh, I love these? Let's get two," I hear myself say. choosing two flavors of the infamous pocky sticks.
We walked out with a full grocery bag and and a tub of little jellies that we had to carry. The friendly, sweet checker had asked if we were doing a school project. "Nope. Just trying out lots of treats."
In the car, we started opening.
"Hmmm, that's interesting."
"Can I have another of that one?"
"That was a good experience," Ruah stated as we drove out of the parking lot.
"We just got our teeth cleaned and now we're ruining them with sugar," Irie observed.
"Let's go back there again soon," I said.
(Author's note: Asian treats have much less sugar than American treats. Just saying.)
Sarah Pemberton is a teacher, a writer, and the founder of Write Now!. Sarah lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters.