Friday, April 25, 2008

international night

sadly, due to an unplanned afternoon nap and then some bad traffic i arrived late to international night at my school this evening. this is usually one of my all-time favorite nights of the year. the families all bring food from their countries to share, come in native dress, and some even present their traditional dances. usually the food is unbelievable~ its real traditional food from all over the world~ South America~ Africa~ Asia~ Europe~ Southern United States (someone usually brings fried chicken).
as i gripped the wheel of my car in traffic all i could think was 'you're standing between me and sushi!'
by the time i arrived most of the main meals were gone, leaving only rice. but i was hungry, so i filled my plate with rice from all over the world. looking at my plate as i walked to my table i was amazed at how all the different cultures are able to present such different variations on such a simple theme. so, despite my disappointment of the lack of sushi/tamales/food i don't even have a name for, i must say i had quite a tasty plate of rice.

i love working at a school with a community so diverse that they can fill up my plate with rice from all over the world.

2 comments:

Blink said...

Your post made me think of the other staff of life... rice. In my home growing up it was a nightly side dish. I am growing my list of rice themed books for no other reason than I love the idea and go along with yours that rice is in so many cultures (much like bread.)I wish I could post the cover on the book, "Rice is Life" by Rita Golden Gelman. Love that name, btw.) It is illustrated by Yangsook Choi. Rice is life in Bali, after all! Other books on the list: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley, A Grain of Rice by Demi, Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice (first to write about rice) Sendak, How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman,My Mom Loves Me More Than Sushi (that's a lot!) by Filomena Gomes, Yoko by Rosemary Wells, Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova. Glad you got to enjoy the colorful, tasty, savory rice dishes that were left. I'm seeing and smelling them now.

Blink said...

Your post made me think of the other staff of life... rice. In my home growing up it was a nightly side dish. I am growing my list of rice themed books for no other reason than I love the idea and go along with yours that rice is in so many cultures (much like bread.)I wish I could post the cover on the book, "Rice is Life" by Rita Golden Gelman. Love that name, btw.) It is illustrated by Yangsook Choi. Rice is life in Bali, after all! Other books on the list: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley, A Grain of Rice by Demi, Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice (first to write about rice) Sendak, How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman,My Mom Loves Me More Than Sushi (that's a lot!) by Filomena Gomes, Yoko by Rosemary Wells, Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova. Glad you got to enjoy the colorful, tasty, savory rice dishes that were left. I'm seeing and smelling them now.

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