Eat Sweet, and Talk Sweet

It’s been a long time now

since we had our Rotary student, Kivilcim,  who lived with us for six months.  Our own daughter, Mandy, was also in Rotary, but in Sweden at the time.

Kivil was bubbly like a songbird from the moment she alighted at the airport.  She was full of energy, and shared many a Turkish song.

While visiting, drinking coffee, and having dessert together, she said the saying in Turkey was to “Eat Sweet, and Talk Sweet”. It reflects their desire to talk about nice, joyful things in their lives but can not do as such unless they are eating sweets!

This seems to me a solid idea on how to get through life; eating sweets and talking sweet, delicious eh?   I am motivated right now!

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I am reminded again about language, words, and their effect.

Since communication is not optional and but how we communicate is, it is then up to us to decide.

We can be sweet, and we can be gentle or alternatively we can be blunt and bully. All in how we choose our words and how we say them.  Either will be heard and remembered.

How do we want to be remembered?

Frances H. Kakugawa. Photo by Jason Kimura.

 

The seems a perfect segue to invite you to visit Frances Kakugawa’s blog to read her post named Eh Auntie: The Aloha Spirit.  I read a couple posts, and now feel compelled to share this treasure of a blog. (Thanks for the link DawnSeeker ♥ )

 

Below here is the opening paragraph to encourage you to visit.

Eh Auntie

If ever you’ve been called old or elderly by the young, there is something precious awaiting you in Hawaii. If you’re lucky, a young local man or woman will address you as “Eh, Auntie.” To be called “Eh, Auntie” takes a lifetime of processing to truly understand its underlying gift.

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I appreciate you visiting here, and welcome your feedback and suggestions.  Today it is cloudy and the wind is from the south,  I am going to think that’s a good omen as it has been from the north for awhile.  Spring is coming. – Dave

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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33 Responses to Eat Sweet, and Talk Sweet

  1. And those sweets are delicious! Yes, a great way to be kind. Spring is certainly here except for a colder spell but the birds and flowers carry on. Hope all going well.

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  2. A lovely link to Auntie too!

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  3. Southern Patches says:

    Loved it. Also loved Frances’ post as well.

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  4. Hi Dave ! This dessert looks like delicious Turkish Baklava, am I right ?
    It inspired me to look up Baklava recipes.
    We Newfoundlanders also greatly appreciate wind from the south, which brings warmer weather.
    Thanks for sharing this post.
    🤗

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Yes that is Baklava and it was delicious. That is a picture of my friend Ben’s baking. I posted about him, amazing person, passed from ALS. He owned Walla bakery here.

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      • Hi Dave ! Your friend had a very special gift of baking. Newfoundlanders are great bakers. Our specialty is homemade bread, which has three small loaves pressed together to make one loaf. This bread is in honour of the Trinity. 🤗

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        I love homemade bread. Share a photo

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      • Yes, I will plan a post. For me , also, is the pleasure of the smell of the bread as it bakes.
        In rural NL, families were traditionally large. A friend has 10 siblings, while her husband is one of 15 children. I can imagine how busy traditional NL housewives were with so many hungry family members. 🤗

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        When I was a youngster living in northern BC, my Mom baked fresh bread and she made her own jams from berries. Mom used to always joke how popular her kitchen was with all my friends over when the bread came out of the oven.

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      • Haha…Yes, for sure ! Bread baking attracts visitors ! And usually, visitors here do not knock, they just walk in.
        However, this may change, as everyone is self-isolating, even though we already live in isolation.
        How nice that your mom also made her own jams, from berries.
        Blueberries grow plentiflly here, and gathering them in late summer is also a tradition.
        Growing up in Northern B.C. must have been very beautiful. 🤗

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        Wild blueberries were plentiful, and we used to swim in the creeks, have an ice rink in the front yard, fun times for a young boy.

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      • Sounds like a very happy childhood. 🤗

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        It certainly was, my Dad often remarks how tight for money we were, but of course I never felt that. I look back and my memories were filled with fun and time with my parents.

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      • Those are beautiful family memories to have. 🤗

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  5. Hi Dave. There is good, positive energy in your essay.

    By the way, what sort of pastry is pictured in the photo?

    Neil S.

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  6. Julie Krupp says:

    What a beautiful sentiment and approach to life, thanks for sharing. This sounds like a lovely little pick me up idea for our current Illinois restrictions. I’ll encourage my daughter to bake something sweet, and then my family and I can have a little party to talk about sweet things.

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  7. Yummy looking dessert. 🙂 Thanks for the link – an enjoyable post. 🙂

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  8. debscarey says:

    I didn’t have a sweet tooth at all until I gave up smoking (20+ years ago) and savoury tastes are still my weakness, but I do absolutely love this idea. I may go & make myself a coffee to drink with that chocolate chip cookie Himself brought home for me yesterday, then ring my mother to help me talk sweet to her 🙂

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  9. Loved the Eh Auntie, post, and thanks for sharing!

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  10. Unishta says:

    We too have a similar custom where in the month of January when the sun starts its journey to the Northern hemisphere, we celebrate this day with a sweet made of jaggery, peanuts, and sesame seeds and give it to one another saying eat sweet and say sweet too!
    https://mumbaionahigh.com/2012/01/sankranti-tea-party.html

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  11. Bhagyashree says:

    That is surely an amazing way to lead a good life! We need positive tidbits like these to get us through such tumultuous times! 🌸

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