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US Tour Day 103, Part 4: Life's Applause
In the evening Andie took me out to sushi at a place called Blowfish. Famous for serving fugu—meat from the dangerously poisonous blowfish—the restaurant tops the cool chart with hip staff, creative dishes, and walls covered with framed, original cells from Japanese animé.
Towards the end of the meal, the manager approached our table and asked if we would like anything else. Well, we had been waffling over whether to order one more thing. She told us that the sushi chef had seen us and thought we were 'the most stylish people in the restaurant'. So, he had made a special dish for us as a gift! She wanted to know if she could bring it out to us. Both immensely flattered, how could we not accept such an offer?
What she brought was that night's special—an elegant plate of white tuna sashimi, pan–seared with a garlic sauce. The snowy cuts of fish were organized in a very deliberate–looking spiral pattern and garnished with slivers of green onions and radish, giving the food a very modern look. Flood warnings were issued in our mouths as our salivary glands reacted to urgent messages from our optical and olfactory senses.
I laughed out loud at the taste, laughs of joy. And I laughed at life, for lack of a better response to something so fun and funny.
Andie and I batted conversation back and forth over our tiny table, mostly observations about how great the food was or how great our lives were at that moment. We paid our check but made no rush to leave. The manager returned to make sure everything was to our liking and see if we wanted any dessert. Flashing a look of defeat to one another, we started to respond when the manager gave us the familiar look that says I would like to bring you something and it's on the house.
"Maybe some Thai iced tea ice cream, perhaps? Would that be ok?" I laughed out another yes. Beaming, I shrugged at Andie like a shy performer would after the best show he'd ever put on. The more you think about it, the more you see we really are the shy performers. And—if we're doing it right and doing our best—our lives are the best show we've ever put on. And, the little things like this—free sashimi, the Thai iced tea ice cream, hugs, compliments, gifts—they are the applause, the recognition, the universe's way of saying, thank–you, you put on a great show up there tonight.
So here's to all the applause that life gives us. I hope we may always have eyes to see and ears to hear and a soft, open heart to accept the cheers life gives us as we walk across its grand stage.
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