Lessons from a Pasta Display


In our family we love pasta. The challenge is that as Americans we usually only eat yellow pasta. Sometimes, rather infrequently, we may eat green or brown, but yellow seems to be the predominant choice. It is what we see most often at the grocery store, in restaurants, in most of the places where we choose pasta. When we visited the Rialto Market in Venice, Italy we found this simple display. I had no idea pasta came in so many colors, so many options, so many unknown choices. I stood there and my mind was blown.

As we walked throughout the rest of the market I thought about all the other obvious choices we make that in another place, another culture are not obvious or so limited. We choose from what we are given, not knowing that there are people across the globe that have very different choices. There is a great quote from Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” This pasta reminded me of how true that quote really is no matter the situation.

When we travel not only our eyes are opened but our choices and understanding are changed forever. We can no longer see the world through the same narrow sense; our opportunity to be prejudiced and narrow-minded slowly diminishes. We are changed into a better version of ourselves with a broader understanding of the world. Travel opens our soul to adventure, life, joy, and choices we would never have known had we simply stayed home.

Travel doesn’t have to be international to open our eyes. We can find new things, new people, new options only a few miles from our own front door. We simply have to look for them and open our inner selves to seeing life from the perspective of someone else. Moving outside of our own simple world allows us to learn most about ourselves. We begin to think new things and ponder different ideas. Nothing we do will ever be the same if we allow ourselves the adventure.

All that from a few bags of pasta. I’d say it was a trip worth taking, and pasta more important than any meal or dish could provide. Hooray for the creative people who thought of all the different ways to create pasta, my views will never be the same.


  1. Myth busting. When you go to a restaurant in Italy to eat, you are most likely not eating hand made semolina and egg turned to pasta, but the same stuff you see in Walmart.


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