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#133- Sick and the Home

Feel winter air…its December. It’s the most wonderful time of the Year! I want to say Yay!…but…I got sick on last Friday…I have been sick for five days…after three days of sore throat, I got sneeze, sneeze, sneeze and running nose…yes, I got a cold.

Today, I called Mama (my mom) in Tokyo, Japan and said “Happy Birthday Mama!” then, she was worry about my cold. She told me on the phone, “Have some miso soup and tea with umeboshi (literally “dried ume” are pickled ume fruits common in Japan. Ume/Prunus mume is a species of fruit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is often called a plum but is actually more closely related to the apricot).”

Ok…I have two of umeboshi (Mama sent them to me long time ago from Japan, I have never purchased them by myself. I don’t eat them much) but, I don’t have miso in my home(I am Japanese, but I don’t care about miso soup)…so my tonight’s dinner was, pork spareribs, bread, corn cream soup(this soup is my favorite from Mama’s recipe), hot milk with a lot of sugar and Japanese cold medicine.

So funny that Suzie (she is a Caucasian and American / she also has a cold) wrote me an email today, “Please take good care of yourself and drink lots of tea and soup and get lot's of rest. I know I must sound like a mother : ) I had miso soup for 3 meals ... I put fresh ginger in it. I really think it helped my cold.”

Ok…miso soup again…I don’t have it at home and I don’t want it…I guess, Mama made Suzie Japanese and I became more an American than Suzie… ha ha ha…but, you know what, Mama and Suzie are right. Japanese food is good for sick & healthy diet. It’s very healthy food for everyone. I wish I could be more Japanese... :)

So…I have three cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup in my kitchen cabinet. Yes, I am going to have them instead of miso soup tomorrow… even though I eat American soup with made in China spoon, I like American comfort food for my cold in here, Los Angels.

By the way, sometimes I love being sick with pink pajamas and cute nightgown (both made in Japan, Mama bought them for me in Tokyo, Japan), because I could feel winter season at home and I feel cute :)

Right now, I am in my home at 78 degrees (automatic air conditioner) and have a cold, and I enjoy being sick… :) Am I crazy? no…Am I sugar high? yes…Am I cold medicine high? maybe…

Sick and the Home…sounds like fun, right?

P.S. Please don’t catch a cold from me. Take care and enjoy December!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Dec 1, 2010

Copyright © 2010 Yoko Fujimoto

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Published on July 13, 2015 (in Japan)
By Yoko Fujimoto
Writer in Los Angeles

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