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12:52 pm: The Great Surprise

 

Surprise!

 

You would think I would get used to some things, that I would develp the foresight to anticipate something that happens every single day, but no…

Dinner is still a surprise to me.

Every single evening, about 5:00, I suddenly realize that the family is going to need dinner, and I am…taken by surprise.

Every day.

You think, since I have been a mom for almost 13 years, that I would have clued in at some point to the fact that this was a reoccuring phenomena. But no. I am still taken unaware. Every single day.

You may think I am kidding, but I mentioned this out loud last night, and my mom, who happened to be present, commented. “Yes. I know. For eight years, I came over regularly to help you with the children, and when I asked you what I should give the children for dinner, you were always surprised.”

I won’t be surprised tonight. Fridays during the summer, there is free pizza at the pool. But by Saturday? I will have forgotten all about this, and somewhere around 4:30 or 5:00, the shock will begin all over again.

 


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From:fabricdragon
Date:August 5th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
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me too.
seriously.
"what? dinner? uh.. what time is it???"oh, right.. rice had to be started an hour ago...

have you looked at the saving dinner webpages? i am considering buying tgheir recipe sets.. maybe we could share? its all for stuff you make ahead and freeze..
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 5th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Making ahead and freezing takes foresight. Mind you, I am not against it! I just have to think of doing it.

I should start, though, because my daughter wants to go to China this winter for two weeks. If I am going to leave John and the boys alone in the house for two weeks, I'll have to have many frozen meals ready!

I am not familiar wiht 'saving dinner' Do I just type that into Google?
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From:justjohn
Date:August 5th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)

13 years?

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That's old enough to know how to make dinner.

You should delegate the task.
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 5th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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Ping-Ping usually cooks once a week. The others...sigh...let's just say that we are still struggling with making chocolate milk.

I was so amused at a recent Harry Potter roleplaying session where our 11 year old characters were saving the world, and we got into a conversation about how realistic this was not, and I said, "Are you kidding? I don't let my 12 year old pour milk!" Well, I'm happy to say, he's making progress in the milk pouring area...there is hope yet.
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From:partywhipple
Date:August 5th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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Uh, what? I don't remember that conversation ending like that. I seem to remember you saying it would be ok for your 12 year old to talk to demons, angels, and un-nameable monstrosities from beyond space and time...
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 5th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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That was a completely different conversation about three months later. The first one was with Bill. My kids are much better at talking to people...well, the ones who talk, than at pouring milk.

If one of my kids went to heaven and came back, I would think it was the coolest thing every! (Assuming they were fine afterward!)

But then...maybe I'm a bit jaded on the talking to demons thing, considering I have a family member who routinely reports having talked to or fought demons. Sigh.

Edited at 2011-08-05 09:34 pm (UTC)
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From:marycatelli
Date:August 6th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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Erp.

When the Spanish Flu came around, my grandmother, the youngest daughter, was the only ambulatory family member. She could cook oatmeal and nothing else. They all survived, but were thoroughly sick of oatmeal.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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Play to their strengths. If you want young boys to cook, start with fire. Combine with Shish Kabobs (The closest you'll get to eating Legos) and it may be weeks before you get a chance to cook.....
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 7th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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Ah...but that takes planning you see. Planning, not cooking, is the thing that is lacking. ;-)

From:robert_mitchell
Date:August 7th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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I understand that. But if you want water, you have to prime the pump, yes?
From:robert_mitchell
Date:August 6th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re: 13 years?

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Sorry, not trying to be Anonymous. Sigh.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:August 5th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Some nights are grab-bag of particular tastes--sushi, pizza, etc. Other night, it's either Steve or I cooking, depending. He's home for the summer (teacher's life) so he grilled some things for lunch, went shopping and then got a hearty spaghetti sauce going for game.
Right now, he's painting the porch ceiling sky blue, in the finest Southern tradition as a surprise for me. Years ago, I heard about that tradition (after painting it green)and remembered when we were scraping paint, there was indeed a layer of blue sky. I've known people to take it further and add clouds!
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 5th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
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That is really cool...and sweet!
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From:juliet_winters
Date:August 6th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
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We're expecting rain today, but it will be blue skies under the porch.
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