Today is my last day at one of my rural school for a few weeks. I decided to share the candy my parents and grandma sent with my fellow teachers and students. The students were stoked and gobbled it all up but the teachers had a slightly different reaction.
As I sat at the lunch table across from a group of four middle aged Korean women I was able to peer onto their unique first time reactions of American candy.
Reeses PB cups:
-Curiously they all leaned in close to each other to compare the shinny tinfoil that held this foreign chocolate intact. They chatted softly about the candy then after a coconscious was agreed on, all began to dethrone the tinfoil and revile the product beneath. Some paused and waited for each other to have the Reeses naked in their fingers. Then as if they were part of a chocolate cult they popped them into their mouths simultaneously. Two of the woman chomped down with little hesitation and smiled with pleasure while examining the foil the chocolate had birthed from. The other two women were less certain. The eldest at the table began chewing with little expression. Just moments after her first bites is when her taste buds found the creamy peanut butter hidden inside. Her face began to pinch together from the sweetness then she flung up her hands and flocked them in the fashion of what I imagine a dying bird would do. She opened her mouth to breath as if the chocolate was melting her tongue but then closed it and swallowed the delightful treat thereafter wearing a puzzled expression. I shook back and forth as I held back my laughter. I feared they would spot my spying in and it’d spoil the authenticity of their first tastes. The last woman was the most entertaining. From the moment I handed her the candy her body language yearned uncomfortable. When the others plopped the candy in their mouths she was overly hesitant to put the egg shaped chocolate Reeses in her gourd. After a moment she finally followed suit and popped the candy into her mouth. She chewed franticly and just as I thought to myself, “She’s not even gonna taste it” her next action slapped me in the face with shock. Suddenly the woman hoisted up her hand and made puckered lips as she squeezed the half eaten chocolate back out of her mouth and into her hand. I was dumbfounded; I couldn’t make a sound I was laughing so hard. The other teachers noticed this charade and all began hysterically laughing at her as well and soon after the whole table of students joined in. The teachers face turned Ferrari red as she shamefully scrapped the chocolate peanut butter off her hand onto her lunch tray.
Apparently Reeses just a’int for everyone.
Below are a couple pictures from my 4th grade class today. I was sporting my Pa’s old Looney Toons tie and my signature Santa hat.