Thursday, June 23, 2011
When I got married 24 years ago, I barely knew how to boil water. Unfortunately, my mom did not have the patience to teach me to cook when I was young (or my siblings). When we got out on our own, it was an extra struggle to learn even the basics of food preparation. I married young, and taught myself pretty quickly (I also had a husband who was not picky and appreciative). I've gotten good reviews from DH, DS and DD over the years, as I've mastered many recipes and invented a few of my own.
Fast-forward 19 years, when I began again working full time, and asked my then 14 year-old daughter what we could do to make my new employment work best for the family. She paused, and said "Well mom, could we eat out once every couple of weeks?" She and her brother enjoyed the novelty of fast food because it occurred so rarely. I enjoy cooking for my family (most of the time), using healthful ingredients and seeing them smile, or make a cooking request. It feels like a hug to me.
I have done my best to teach both of them basic kitchen skills and nutrition. I think they've got it!