Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Parenting Tip No. 3

Figure out exactly what you are going to have for dinner by 10 am. If you do not do this all hope is lost and your family will be licking empty tuna cans for dinner with glassy eyes and disheveled hair.

Or something like that.

And please, will someone remind me of this tomorrow by 9:55 am? My children ate quesadillas and grapes tonight. No meat, no veggies, no nice warm family dinner after all our scampering about. Nope, instead we had mom hollering some nonsense from the kitchen about just why it was always the mother's job to cook and why on earth wasn't the laundry done, anyhow?

Actually, dinner was really nice. We were all whirlwind-busy all day. The little dog went on a good long hike in the foothills of the cascades with me and her middle boy while he broke in his new boots for a his upcoming long canoe trip. The youngest is still undefeated at fencing camp, and looks so darn cute, I mean handsome, in his fencing jacket. The oldest worked both his jobs; math tutor at the college and lifeguard. Our father figure is flying all over the country again, keeping airplanes safe to fly on for you and me. So we just toasted up some tortillas and cheese, poured some salsa in a bowl, washed some grapes and ignored the disaster on the kitchen table to go sit on the patio and eat our simple dinner.

I am so lucky that I really, really like my children. Yes, I have learned that life is easier if you know in the morning what you're having for dinner. Even better is a weekly meal plan that you stick to. But sometimes life isn't like that. Sometimes you just have to figure something out.

After dinner they all worked like mad to make a clean kitchen and even a picked-up living room and family room. I feel sane, they're out car-part shopping and I think we'll have pork chops and corn on the cob for dinner tomorrow. See? I already feel much more calm. It just might be safe to take the tuna cans out to the recycling.


uuMomma said...

I love this, licking tuna out of cans. Tuesday night I got home late and had some hamburger as a starter and nothing, absolutely NOTHING to go with it. Turned out kind of midwestern oozey good (I might post this on my blog later). Last night was sort of planned (that I would hit the grocery store on the way home). This a.m. was walking out and remembered I'd bought a roast for the crockpot and went back in and put it in with a few potatos and onions. Then realized tonight husband golfs--could have had grapes and quesadillas!

Kari said...

I HATE that, when you waste a perfectly good planned meal on a "free pass" night! But I loooooove that oozey good of throwing something together. Mmmmmm!

Laura said...

I thought I was the only one to have these experiences or think about meals like this (wasting a "free pass" night, make sure you know what's for dinner at 10:00 a.m.). Thanks for the laugh and the connection!