The first time I tried sushi, I didn’t know what wasabi was. I ate the entire side of wasabi in one bite.
I’ve certainly learned quite a bit since then. I’ve learned the difference between maki, sushi, and sashimi (or at least what those terms mean in North America). I’ve learned which fish I prefer. And, I’ve learned to appreciate wasabi in appropriate amounts!
Sushi is one of our go-to foods. We have it to celebrate special occasions. Or just because we crave it. Our kids even love it – or a form of it, at least. Our oldest has tried salmon, but they’re happy as long as there’s mounds of avocado sushi. It’s even become a comfort food for them. If they’re not feeling well, sushi often perks them up.
I started this as a bangle. Given my rough start with wasabi, the China Green Jade was the first bead I picked; I firmly believe in laughing at my mistakes! The Wood Sprite was perfect for the nori, and the irregular surface of the White Coral reminded me of the texture of the rice. Neither Fish nor Fowl worked to represent the fish. And, although I don’t use the ginger that comes on the side of sushi platters, the bracelet felt unfinished without it. Coral Bubbles filled that spot perfectly.
Then I kept thinking of more beads to represent the different parts of the maki (rolls) and sushi. Bacon for the crab. Scarlet Armadillo for the tuna. The goldstone for the salmon. The Green Armadillo isn’t quite the right shade for avocado, but it still gives me the feeling I was going for. I added the second White Coral and the Dark Soul to balance out the other beads.
All I need now is my own Sushi bead (I borrowed this one from my friend’s birthday gift. Shhhhh. ;)), and maybe another fish. That little guy isn’t big enough to feed anyone!
Sadly, my youngest recently made her own wasabi mistake. We were out with friends for lunch when she mistook the wasabi for avacado. Before I could stop her, she grabbed the entire wad and stuffed it in her mouth.