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A Taste to Live For
“And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna:
and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of
it was like wafers made with honey.”
– Exodus 16:31
It was a long day for me.
I had eaten nothing since 2 AM, and although I had
hydrated myself, my body was spent of its energy.
My post-race meal of three very ripe bananas was
waiting for me in the van which I parked a few blocks
away from the triathlon transition area.
I don’t remember the walk from the event site to my
vehicle, but I do remember slinging my wetsuit over
the handlebars of my bicycle along with my bike
helmet. My backpack contained the rest of my gear:
swim goggles, towel, race belt with number attached,
gel packets, bike shoes, sunglasses, water bottles, cap…
I also do not remember loading everything into van but
what I do remember is opening the front door and
collapsing into the front seat in complete exhaustion. I
peeled and ate the bananas and drank a liter bottle of
freshly made peach nectar which I had thought to prepare
for this moment…but it was not enough.
Then on the front seat I found something Jennifer had left for
me the night before. A small post race package, which to
me, was more precious than the golden fleece sought by Jason.
I opened up the container holding the sweetest most
satisfying substance of my life. It was a paste made of dates
I pulled off a marble-sized piece of ‘Mama Siran’s’ spread between
my thumb and forefinger and let it melt into my mouth. In a half
hour, I had finished the entire package and knew the taste of
After I arrived home, I contacted the owner of ‘Mama Siran’
and thanked Anahid for producing her version of manna from heaven.
I was told that the unique recipe has been handed down for many
generations within her family and that today, many people use it
in smoothies or as a sweetener for tea.
This delicious and satisfying substance will forever
nurture me as my post-race snack of choice.
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“I have an enormous fondness for delicious food. It’s very
comforting.” – Teri Garr