I don’t know what it is inside of us that wants other people to like what we like. At my most pessimistic, I think it has something to do with our own insecurities and our need for external validation. At my most optimistic, I like to believe that we just want to share something good with other people. It could be our favourite song, or drink, or restaurant, or YouTube video. It could be a particular flavour of gum.
Today, after a meal at J-Town (the Japanese shopping centre) which consisted of both Tonkatsu and chicken-katsu, we did a little shopping. I was planning on having a shucream–which, I have to suppose, is the Japanese version of chou a la creme. What I came to learn is that these are already available in my girlfriend’s country of origin and hold absolutely no surprise or delight. However when I loaded up my hands with some Hi-Soft, she asked me just what kind of chocolates they were. There was a complete look of surprise when I explained that these were soft and chewy caramels. So she bought a box.
We hadn’t even gotten our seatbelts on before she had opened the box and put one in her mouth. She seemed genuinely happy with the taste. She then managed to do something that I have never been able to do. She closed the box and put them in her bag. I usually devour the whole box before I can stop myself. How she managed to do it, I may never know.
It turns out that she liked them….a lot. Her willpower eroded once at home and she texted me later to explain that she had eaten most of them. I was not surprised, but happy. It is one of my favourite treats and I want other people to think so too.