Monday, June 8, 2009
Message from a Bento Box
Several of my bento boxes have little speeches on them, and today's bento is an example:
This somewhat co-dependent sounding message made me wonder: Who is talking here?
How would the Japanese schoolchild, for whom this box was probably intended, interpret the speaker of this message?
Would it be Mom, offering to bring things? A generic 'friend' being helpful and solicitous? The offer invites someone to "write and tell me", so we can infer they are at some distance. It is also odd because -- who writes when they can pick up a cell phone?
Today I am bringing one of my umeboshi filled onigiri, mushroom cookies, grapes, peach, 2 blackberries, some sugar snap peas and a sliced up white radish. Kind of weird but I am facing a weird day: my summer class starts this morning (Philosophy of Religion! one of my favorites) and I have a meeting with an administrator who is going to ask me a big favor, and I want to say no, but am not good at that, not at all. So, grrr, a little nerve-wracked. I should ask my bento-person to bring me some courage.