Monday, March 14, 2011

"I Can Survive Without Tomatoes"

Don't get me wrong -- I love tomatoes. But nothing compares to the way Turkish people love tomatoes. I think it's fair to say many have them at every meal in one form or another. Case in point:

Husband: Should I use up all these tomatoes in the salad? They're going bad.
Me: Sure!
Husband: But then there won't be any left for tomorrow.
Me: That's ok. Besides, I'm going to the supermarket after work tomorrow. I'll get more.
Husband: But what about until then?
Long silence, while I think about how to answer this. I won't need them at breakfast or lunch; I will have bought more before dinner.
Me: I can survive without tomatoes.
Long silence, while he thinks about how to answer this. After all, there won't be any tomatoes for breakfast or lunch.
Husband: Oh, that's right. You're not Turkish.


  1. Wonderful dialogue there, Cecile. "But then (if I use them all up in the salad) there won't be any left for (breakfast and lunch) tomorrow." That's my favorite part.
    My husband and I are having lunch with your mother on Wednesday, then we're going to Europe and will be visiting several places in Belgium. I'm sure I'll be thinking of your grandparents, especially your grandmother. She was the most amazing person I had ever seen when I was a teenager.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel