You’ve heard about the five flavors, right?  Salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and Umami.

Umami is a Japanese term for that flavor you can’t exactly define, but it’s deepens the other flavors, adds complexity, and makes everything better.  Chemically, it’s known as L-glutamate, and it was only discovered in the 1800’s.

All my favorite people have Umami.  There are no real words for it, just approximations and words about the thing itself.  Maybe “old soul” is close to what I mean, but it’s more than that.  People with layers, complexity, depth, imagination.  People that you don’t have to talk to in order for them to understand what you mean.   People that make everything just a little better, even camping in the rain.  People who laugh with you when it’s all gotten so un-funny that it’s hysterical.



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