Because Earlobes Are Cold

Totto-Chan (Illustration: Chihiro Iwasaki)

It was nice watching her work in the kitchen, but what Totto-chan liked most was the way Mother would say, “Ooh, that’s hot!” and quickly put her thumb and index finger to her earlobe whenever she picked up something hot like a lid.

“That’s because earlobes are cold,” Mother explained.

Her gesture impressed Totto-chan as being very grown-up and evidence of kitchen expertise. 

Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window
– “Field Kitchen” – 
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

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