Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Power of Fresh Eggs 新鮮な卵の力


I love having fresh eggs every day! Our chickens give us 4-6 eggs a day, and we share the eggs between my cousin's family and our family. Not only are they absolutely delicious, I have found they are great bartering and bargaining tools.
毎日、新鮮な卵を食べるのが大好きになりました。わたしたちの鶏は一日に卵を4-6コ産みますので、いとこの家族とわたの家族に分けて使っています。もちろんこの卵はおいしいし、しかもお礼返しにもなります。
For example, I ran out of brown sugar right in the middle of a recipe. I know my friend down the road always has brown sugar, so I send #2 son to ask for two cups of sugar. But one cannot go empty handed--what would make an appropriate trade? Two eggs, of course!
たとえば、料理中にお砂糖がなくなってしまいました。買い物に行く時間もなく、こまってしまいました。近くの友達からお砂糖を借りたいですが、手ぶらはいけませんので卵と交換しました。

#1 son now lives in Seattle and we don't get to see him as often as I'd like. With school and work, I understand he's busy, but I still want him to come visit. How to bribe encourage him to come visit his mom? A dozen eggs (and some gas money) works wonders!
長男は今シアトルに住んでいますので、なかなか帰って来る時間がありません。大学やバイトで忙しいのは分かるけれども、会いたいので、「卵をあげるから、遊びにおいで」と言うと帰って来ます。(ガソリン代も払いますが。)
Our next door neighbor is a bit OCD about mowing his lawn. So much so, that he just keeps mowing over to our front lawn. I don't think we've mowed our front lawn in the five years he's been our neighbor. How to repay his kindness? We weed his front flower beds and give him fresh eggs.
すぐとなりの近状の人は芝刈りが大好きですので、わたしたちの芝の分まで刈ってくれます。代わりにわたしたちは草取りをしてあげて、卵をあげます。


Fresh eggs have "paid" for tools, epoxy glue for a shed (we ran out just before the shed was done), house sitting, halibut, and has helped make friends and repay the kindness of others. I love repaying others with something that is genuinely appreciated!  This alone makes taking care of those ridiculously silly chickens so worth it.
このように新鮮な卵はいろんな働きをして、皆を喜ばせます。ですから、あまり賢くない鶏たちですが、世話のし甲斐はありますよ。

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