As I mentioned, Thomas and I met on a cruise at the bar in church doing mission work for poor orphans. There was a sushi bar on the ship. I had never had sushi, in fact, the idea of eating raw fish had never occurred to me.
I was on the cruise with my BFF Erika, who is very sophisticated and sort of a foodie. (For those of you paying attention, this might sound familiar. You are in fact correct. This was the second year Erika and I packed our bags and set off in the wilds of the Caribbean. Also familiar? Me meeting the Love Of My Life and Erika rolling her eyes and plastering a smile on her face). She was thrilled, and wanted to go every night. Not really. At least this year she got sushi out of the deal! Because God likes to see me squirm, we met Thomas and his friends at the sushi bar every night because they loved sushi too! No one noticed that I did not eat a single piece, that I did not even attempt to bring the ‘tasty treat’ anywhere near my mouth. Thankfully, there was also Chardonnay at the sushi bar, so I busied myself with that.
When I would go visit Thomas, he always suggested that we go out for sushi, as he assumed I loved it. (Also, one of the waitresses at the local Japanese restaurant was a “hottie”, and he and his roommates LOVED HER. They still talk about “Sushi Girl” with a wistful look in their eyes. so perhaps the suggestions of sushi were doubly motivated .Personally, I did not see it as she was not that cute, but what do I know?) Because I was attempting to be the worldly, sophisticated girl that LOVED sushi on the cruise, I had to agree. Every time. Do you KNOW how much sushi I had to eat? A lot. Because there was NO Chardonnay at this restaurant, I had to actually EAT the sushi. Also, I had to drink beer (which, at the time, wasn’t a deal breaker. In today’s world, it would be.)
Finally, a few years after we were married, I fessed up. I do not really care for sushi that much. Yes, I did learn to tolerate it, but for my money, I would rather go somewhere else. Thomas looked me, started laughing, and confessed that he felt he had also eaten his life time quota for sushi. Four years later, and we have not been out for sushi once.
However, there was one more big secret to reveal…