Soupy Tales

One day while Basil was getting bored in the fridge and so it started going around saying ‘hello’ ‘hello’ to other folks in the area. It ran into carrots, and they seemed very happy in the company of other carrots. All of them were flushing with color and looked really fresh. Basil approached them and asked if the carrots were interested in playing with him. The carrots gave it a look, and discussed amongst themselves, and then bluntly refused to play with Basil. They said, “We wouldn’t know what to do with you?” Basil was disappointed, but did not lose hope.

The next day, after finishing some chores, it went out for a walk in the neighborhood. Tomatoes were taking a walk around the same time and passed a smile in his direction. Basil got super excited and went towards them. Tomatoes took a closer look at the Basil and shrugged their shoulders and went past him. Basil was completely heart broken.

Basil went back to it’s camp that day and tried to pair with Rosemary and then Thyme. He just did not find any synergies there, and so he sat in his chair, and decided to think about this issue in depth.

A few days later, carrots were playing together and realized that they are all so sweet and crunchy. And although they could continue to play together for a long time, they could use some different flavors. May be something tangy, and some thing with umami.

On the other side of the fridge, the tomatoes were also in two minds about “just how tart’ish one can really be?” They started playing the blame game amongst themselves and blamed each other for not being sweet enough to balance the citrus in them. So they were also looking for friends, who could fill in for the sweetness.

When Basil heard about the news brewing in both these camps, it took upon itself the responsibility to solve the problem. He called a meeting and asked the Carrots and Tomatoes to present their problem. When they both defined their problem, they realized that the solution was always in front of them, just that they had never thought of playing together and complementing each other.

After some effort from Mommy, they all dressed up in some olive oil and pepper and enjoyed a sauna time in the oven. When Mommy took them out of the sauna, they were all drenched in each other’s flavors and one could not tell who was tart and who was sweet.. they were one delicious and rich soup.

Just like these ingredients, if we blend a variety of thoughts and people in our life, the outcome of that harmony is more precious than the sum of its individual parts. 

With this story, Tara learnt about the richness in diversity. As mommy tells her about carrots, tomatoes and basil coming together to make a rich delicious soup – each coming from a different food group – fruits, vegetables and herbs, Tara learns how a diverse group of ingredients add a rich flavor to food, and similarly a diverse set of friends help in making a rich set of memories.

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