Today I had two students — wonderful students – bring me end-of-the-year gifts. In younger grades that seems to be more common place, but by middle school, gifts from students are much more rare and unexpected. Obviously, this made my day.
One of the gifts included a bag full of Mexican candy. She knows I am trying a daily new thing….in fact, she’s one of the few that read my blog faithfully. She has provided suggestions, and I’m sure the idea of Mexican candies was connected to my desire to try new things. As much as I would like to, I know better than to eat the entire bag of candies at once. However, I could not help but try a few.
My first candy gave me quite the surprise. It was a hard candy — mango flavor. As I tasted it initially, it almost tasted peach-like….which I loved. It’s difficult to find peach flavored or mango flavored candy, so it was great. As it dissolved in my mouth, new levels of flavor were revealed.
The fruit flavored remained but it began to wain. Then a spiciness emerged. It wasn’t like a hotness that was uncomfortable. It was more of a peppery spiciness that began quite mildly, but began to get stronger as the fruit layers dissolved.
It was surprising to have the burst of flavors contrasting rather than the typical sweetness of chocolate or gummies or other candies I typically pick up at the cashier of a gas station or supermarket.
This is exactly what these daily firsts are about — something new, unexpected. I loved it. Do I love it enough to never enjoy my occasional chocolate bar or Reese’s peanut butter cup? No, but it is something I would definitely eat again. In fact, I’m sure I will as I have another one remaining in my candy gift bag. That makes me happy. It also inspires me to be bolder in trying new candies. I’ve seen chocolate bars that have bits of chilis, salt, etc…..all kinds of interesting combinations that originally I may have turned my nose up at, but no more.
On a side note, J. O.R., it has been my esteemed pleasure to have you as a student. While I may have the title of teacher, you and your peers have taught me more than you will ever know. You are awesome. And your handwritten note made me cry — happy tears, that is.