Not long ago, someone gave me a giant can of coconut water. This wasn’t quite as random as it sounds, because the giver knows I like coconut.
Actually, I’d go so far as to say I really like it. The coconut thingies are always my favorites in a box of chocolates. I’m not fond of getting caught in the rain, but I sure do enjoy piña coladas.
Have you ever learned about a person’s favorite, or collection, and made that your first association with him or her? Like—to give a totally hypothetical example that is not something I ever did—if you learn a friend collects penguins, and then every gift you give him for five years has a penguin on it.
In my circle of acquaintances, this has become true for me and coconut in all its forms.
|Of which this is the best.|
Now, I know what you’re about to say: that coconut water smells pretty good, but it tastes like dirty grass clippings.* I totally agree. But it has the magic word “coconut” in the name, and thus I am occasionally given some.
There’s a funny scene in L.M. Montgomery’s novel ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS where the same type of thing happens to Anne. She mentions once that she likes pumpkin preserves, and after that she can’t go to dinner at anyone’s house without being served pumpkin preserves or sent home with a jar of them. It gets to the point where she has to bury all the extra pumpkin preserves in the garden one dark night.
Often, though, being known for liking something a lot can work in your favor. How many bookworms have been given gift cards and sent to browse the shelves of their favorites stores? Or maybe their friends suss out a perfect pair of bookends, or come across an e-reader cover with the most charming pattern.
Did you ever get associated with something—either something you liked, or a collection you were building? And if so, did you enjoy that association or not? If you want to be known as a collector of chocolate or gold coins, here’s your chance to say so.
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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book.