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  • “Feel free to sample!”

    Sometimes I place much emphasis on the second word to the point it just sounds like I'm only saying that word.

    “... FREE .. .....”

    The fifth, and sixth person today that seem to be deaf. I'm not here. Perhaps the day is too beautiful to talk, only walk. A lady awkwardly approaches the tent, big dark sunglasses. She stays at a distance far enough to where she doesn't want to talk but seems curious enough to where I have to say....

    “Hello ma'am! How are you this lovely day?”

    “Is this gluten free?” She is pointing what seems to be the water bottle I have on the table. Perhaps she is pointing at the salads. She should point lower.

    “All of our products are gluten free, dairy free, with no GMO (I know this because there's a sign on the table the states this). Have you ever tried our products before?”

    She finally approaches the table and picks up a bag of our organic crackers and steps back. I was ready to jump over the table to tackle her.

    “What is this?” She had picked up a bag of Mami's Crunch Seaweed Crackers. This is printed on the bag.

    “Those are our organic, gluten free crackers made from okara. I believe you picked up our seaweed crackers. Okara is the byproduct of making tofu and soymilk. It is high in fiber and an excellent source of protein, calcium and iron.” I always want to add riboflavin but I don't know how to explain it if they ask what it is. “We have samples if you'd like to try.”

    “Do you have samples?”

    “Here you go ma'am.”

    “No, I don't want to try.” She gauchely places the bag of seaweed crackers with the bags of sesame crackers. I immediately put the bag in its proper basket.

    “Perhaps you'll enjoy one of our salads? We have a seaweed salad and a quinoa salad. Our seaweed salad is made from two types of seaweed: hajiki and wakame. Quinoa is a seed from South Amer.....”

    “I know what quinoa is.”

    “O. Would you like to try?”

    Takes quinoa. “I cook quinoa.”

    I stare at myself from her big dark sunglasses. I continue to smile. I proceed to focus on her forehead. I want to compliment her on her sunglasses but it would only seem to make things more uncomfortable.

    I remain silent with a smile.

    “I don't like it. Too sour for me.” Crushes paper cup, leaves it on table, fixes her stare to the bread seller next to me, and slowly walks to him.

    “Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful day!”
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