Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chopsticks

Two years ago my youngest son could only use chopsticks to lay down a beat on the table, the chair, his brother, or whatever else was in reach. After a year of cruelly denying him a fork while eating out, he's now a master of getting food from plate to mouth using only sticks. Though he can still tap out a hot rhythm when he's done eating.

I remember living in Japan with baby Nathan. I'd see all these tiny Japanese toddlers eating with chopsticks and I'd praise them in amazement while their parents would be watching Nathan expertly wielding a fork, producing awe on their faces! Nathan finally picked up the chopstick ability at age three in Hong Kong. I'm glad I forced Ben to learn last year - unless you bring your own, there are many places which don't offer a knife or fork. Now if I can just keep them both from mastering the art of slurping food loudly and belching from deep within as a sign of appreciation...

1 comment:

Asianideas said...

Chopstick culture is something unique to Asia. Japanese chopsticks, or hashi, are especially beautiful. Using chopsticks incorrectly can make it more difficult to bring food to your mouth, and it just looks bad too. It is also important to choose the right length of chopsticks that fits your hand.