The Lesson I Remember from Fifth Grade

When I was in elementary school a teacher asked me to do something, and I replied with “okie dokie” and she told me not talk like “white trash”, and now that I’m older thinking back on it, I find it odd considering she was Japanese and extremely proud of her heritage. It was in her class that I saw my first anime, and the first time I ate octopus. That teacher treated me like shit for some reason. Yet she inspired a lasting love of Japanese culture, which lasted beyond my cooking obsession, and I still indulge in a manga or anime series when the mood strikes.

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