Where’s the Tofu? A Short Journey Finding Banana Flavour Plus


A pungent candle aroma took me off guard as I was looking in the direction of the dairy products. Suddenly the vision of food totally unrelated to the scent behind my back made me think about tofu. Where’s the tofu? It only felt like I was in the right department – how wrong was I?

It is a mystery to me why a candle scent unrelated to the food in front of me made me think about tofu. Where’s the tofu, anyway? A young man unpacking bags of flour noticed my confused face. He asked if I needed help. I accepted. Where’s the tofu? It is in the deli produce department I was informed. He insisted to walk me over. He didn’t mind. I didn’t mind going back by myself. I told him I am sure there will be someone to help me.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I went back where I started and I happened to run into the deli clerk who served me just a few minutes ago. I was glad to see a familiar face. Never mind that I wanted to thank him for the great service I received at the deli department. I was actually served by two people – and my visit there was accelerated. Not that I wanted to be accelerated, but it was fast and smooth and a very pleasant visit. I think I ended up buying extra cold cuts just because. I didn’t get a chance to say anything – we were now on a mission in search of the nowhere to be found tofu.

Do you know where the tofu is? He asked another gentleman in the fish department but a lady behind the counter was faster with the answer and pointed us to the produce department. He walked with me and told me how he used to know where everything was. I was thinking the same, I used to too. We finally ran into the produce clerk who took over, and with a happy face walked me half way until I noticed my illusive tofu in the corner.

Why didn’t I think about that – tofu is made from soya beans. Of course it would be in the produce department living with all the other vegetables. I finally found my tofu plus an unexpected extra flavour – banana.

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~ Frank A. Clark

Only seldom do I enjoy shopping. However, I prefer to think of shopping more as a mission and I would like to have a good mission every time. Some call it a shopping experience. The question is how do I rate my mission today? I don’t like rating either but I have a few words – accomplished and great experience. I found my tofu plus (wink).

You may think the plus is the banana flavour. Nah. The plus is getting help from the right genuine people to get me back on the right path to reach my destination. “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Couldn’t have agreed with Arthur Ashe more, but I did have a positive outcome as well.

Anna Lozyk Romeo, Editor’s Notes
Aurora, ON

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