One of the students at English house came back from a trip to Turkey recently. She was very kind and brought back Turkish Delights!
I had never tried Turkish Delights but I’ve read about it in the book “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. She also gave me some fish snacks from southern Japan called “Karasumi”. She is always modest about her gifts but her gifts are always very expensive, rare and from far away places.
I’ve noticed that people often downplay the gifts that they give me, always saying “well its nothing”, or “this isn’t anything special, but here you go ….” but in reality the gifts that i receive are actually quite expensive and rare!
In many cases I receive traditional Japanese foods which I have never seen or heard of before. i never know how much the presents are worth and then later i would find out from another friend that what i received was very expensive or very high grade! i would always be surprised because sometimes it would be food that I didn’t really like but other times it would be food that i absolutely loved! Either way it becomes a shock to me after i realize how expensive it is!
In this case i loved the Turkish Delight! i want more!! but I didn’t enjoy the Karasumi so much, though it was very good that i know what it is now.
Needless to say, i appreciate gifts from students always, but i sometimes wonder if they realize that i have no idea of the value of these items. i sometimes feel sorry that maybe their presents are wasted on me. On the other hand, it is because of these presents that i have discovered and learned to appreciate high grade Japanese foods which i would normally never have the chance to try.