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” –