So I was whizzing past the mushroom kiosk where this promoter was sauteing samples and handing them out to shoppers passing by. Japanese mushrooms, hmm, interesting! Sometimes I walk too fast and have to double back, so yeah, I decided to go back for some mushrooms.

I told the promoter, “Yeah, I’ll try some. I’m curious to see what they taste like.”

“Curious? Is that how you say it?” she mused with a huge grin.

I’m like, huh?

“Curious, what does that mean?”

So there I was, conducting English lessons at the mall now, eh? But she seemed nice enough so I thought, heck, why not? I mean it’s not everyday that someone makes me feel like I’m some Einstein of the English language, right?

So I obliged, even to the extent of spelling out the word for her right there in the middle of the grocery aisle at the freakin’ mall. And apparently me spelling the word out loud for her wasn’t enough. She abandoned her spatula and started hunting frantically for a bit of paper so I could write it down for her.

I mean, come on, how could I not be impressed by this lady’s desire to learn? She may be a mushroom promoter but let’s be honest here, how many promoters do you know of who show a genuine interest in learning anything, let alone new vocab? Many would be quite content to stand there day in, day out, dishing out sauteed mushroom samples like clockwork.

Not this woman. There was no stopping her. I admire her enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. If I had to name the most curious person of 2012, it’d be her! 😉

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