It was a wonderful Sunday evening. We returned home after seeing movie “The Last Emperor” and we were looking forward to a quiet enjoyable dinner.
Suddenly my wife came to my room and said:
“Darling, I am very sorry! You have to choose: me or it!”
I could not believe my ears!
After 29 years of happy marriage I was given an ultimatum.
Everything started so simple.
My oncologist told me that I needed injections of vitamins B. I asked him to let me try to use foods instead of injections. Then I researched what food was the best for this purpose. It was natto.
At 11 I called the natural products store in Manhattan and asked if they had natto. They answered that I was in luck and I must come as soon as possible because natto was in short supply.
I went there and bought a small plastic container with natto.
On the way home in subway I was reading a very interesting book. However, I still noticed that passengers moved as far away from me as they could. Some of them just went to another car.
I thought: “Strange people! I took a shower before going to the store!”
When I came home I put natto in the refrigerator and we went to see the movie.
“My love, what happened? Why are you so upset? Why is this ultimatum?”
She answered: “Come with me in the kitchen!”
We went in the kitchen. There was a very strange unpleasant odor there.
“Please open the refrigerator!”
I opened it and was hit by a wave of a very strong smell. I immediately closed the refrigerator.
My wife said: “It is your natto! I prepared a nice dinner but I don’t think we’ll be able to eat it. I am not sure that we will be able to stay in the apartment either if you don’t throw it away immediately”.
Without words I took a container with natto and a teaspoon and went out from the apartment. Then I opened the container.
Natto smelled terrible. It looked awful. I took a teaspoon of it, put it in my mouth and started to chew. I did not like the taste at all and I decisively closed the container and put it in the garbage shaft.
Then I returned in the apartment, opened windows and turned on air conditioning.
We went to a good restaurant and had a very nice evening.
When we returned home there was not bad odor in the apartment anymore and we slept very well.
It was clear that I made a right choice!
My wonderful loving wife, my best friend stayed with me!
But the problem with vitamins B was not solved!
I HAD TO TRY NATTO AGAIN!
I am sure that now you’d like to know what is natto. It’s a Japanese food from fermented soybeans.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT? photo by JF