From Bread to Babies to Unconscious Beauty


Today had a plethora of things that could have been Today’s Perfect Moment. In the end, I think I chose correctly, but I will let you be the judge.  First the ones that were considered, but didn’t make it and then the winner.

The Contenders

I saw a woman on the subway with a Woody (from Toy Story) doll dangling from her purse. It was such a refreshing change seeing everyone proudly displaying their bottles of Purell.  I also appreciate the idea of not letting go of one’s inner child.  While some people can take this too far, a subtle nod to it is definitely cool.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been eyeing this advertisement in the subway walkway for Moroccan style bread. So today, knowing that I had run out of buns, I decided to become a victim of marketing and buy the bread.  I have made the sandwiches for tomorrow, but I did not taste it.  They seem similar to those skinny hamburger buns that were the marketing rage of a few years ago (slimmer, but with the same number of calories as regular hamburger buns.)  I will let you know after I have eaten them.

I managed to get all the essays my students handed in marked before the class started. I have to admit that it was quite the slog and I am not sure I am going to be able to maintain my enthusiasm for their writing over the next 11 weeks.

I received a compliment on the sandwich I prepared for today’s lunch. It is always nice when you feel like you’ve accomplished something.  I might not be a good cook, and I really do not expect any compliments to be derived from my work in the kitchen, but I will gladly take them for my sandwich preparation.

The Winner

When I took the bus into work this morning I notice a young woman sit near the front of the bus. She was wearing a funky striped top and had an air of unconscious beauty.  Since the front of the bus is the domain of elderly people, and young people usually sit at the back and (perhaps) unknowingly share their music with the rest of us due to headphone bleed, I took notice.

While she might have been attractive and stylish, it was not this that qualifies her Today’s Perfect Moment. Instead, it was her interaction with another passenger that I found uplifting as I slowly trudged to work….and due to construction, I do mean trudged.

A while after she took her seat, a woman boarded the bus with her stroller (I suppose some of you call them prams). Her young son was in the seat and happened to be facing the young woman.  Instead of ignoring the young child, the young started talking to him and exchanging high-fives.  They both spoke softly enough that I didn’t hear either of them, but I could tell they were having a good time.  They were totally absorbed in their one on one conversation.  Again, the unconscious beauty, this time of her personality, was on display for the whole bus to see.

I hope you can understand why it is Today’s Perfect Moment.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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14 Responses to From Bread to Babies to Unconscious Beauty

  1. Sheree says:

    Good choice Anthony!

  2. Claudette says:

    Nice observations!

    My partner is a college prof and he often dreads the marking of papers for similar reasons…he says for every really good one there are 10, 15 that are mediocre at best. It’s not so much the thoughts, but the lack of proper writing skills to get the thoughts OUT. He calls it a slog too. Sigh…

    What subject do you teach? My partner is a pilot and teaches aviation related material.

    • Anthony says:

      I am an ESL teacher at a private company. We have students from many countries, but currently dominated by students from Korea, Japan, and Brazil.
      I am teaching a preparation course the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. Students have to know how to write five different things to pass that portion of the writing exam.
      I have had a few pilots come through the school. They needed to pass some exam that graded their ability to talk to the tower in English.

      • Claudette says:

        Very interesting. I used to work for a simulator training company (in Downsview next to Bombardier) and had a lot of dealings with international flight crew.

  3. capejohn says:

    That was a nice perfect moment. I like the way you sandwiched it into your post.

  4. retrodee says:

    Aw, that’s nice about the gal and her interaction with the child. I bet she was really pretty too… I wanted to also comment that it seems in Canada you all have a lot of great choices for breads and snacks and things. I love my country, but I feel we either have super junk food or all the same ol’ crackers and breads and stuff! Would love to try some imports. Looking forward to your review of the Moroccan style bread. 🙂

    • Anthony says:

      Look into different areas of the store. There might be some real cool finds that you are not aware of. I only sought this bread out because I have been staring at the advertisements for a few weeks and decided I wanted to try it.
      The sandwiches were good and while the bread was not “exceptional” it was a subtle change from regular bread. I think I still prefer a ciabatta, but this one had a nice texture and toasted up really nicely.

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  6. Jinjer says:

    Ooo I want that bread! And I am a total sucker for marketing ploys. Especially if the marketing campaign features anything in miniature cuteness or pastels. Not that your bread advert was either of those. I’m just sayin’.

    The woman and the child interaction does sound perfect. It annoys the F out of me when I see people out with kids or dogs and everyone has their face plastered in their phones. Why do you even have a kid or a dog if you’re not going to LOOK at them and engage.

    I don’t know how many times I’ve had the pleasure of being entertained by a baby or dog doing adorable, funny things while their accompanying adult is scrolling through their phone, missing it all.

    You, Funky Striped Shirt Lady, and the young boy were the lucky ones that day.

  7. Hunida says:

    Oops!! I carry the hand sanitizer on my purse lol. I don’t want to put it inside because it may explode, okay? 😂 The bread looks tasty, I’d love to try it. I thought the fact you got a picture with the ad would be Today’s Perfect Moment but, the beauty & the baby are a good one, too. 🙂

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