Since today is Mother's Day, and my kids made me the most amazing breakfast ever, I thought I'd touch on that family tradition. I know a lot of families do this. When I was growing up we took my mom breakfast in bed every Mother's Day. A couple years ago I decided to make it a little easier on my kiddoes and told them to just set the table, then they can come get me and bring me out. They love that, because now they decorate my chair and put their presents and homemade cards around my plate. I heard them from about 7:15 this morning, but they didn't come get me until 8:40. It was fun to hear them in there trying to be quiet and working together. I have older kids now, so I "slipped" them a more difficult recipe and they pulled it off like a five star restaurant. It's been a wonderful morning.
As I was thinking about it, I remembered visiting my dad for Father's Day. He always made the most amazing food when I stayed with him, and I wanted to give something special to him, so I decided to make him french toast. I was six, but we'd made it together many, many times. So I cracked the eggs and added a little milk, and mixed them together. Then I got my fork and dipped the bread into the egg and put it in the pan. I turned it over after a few minutes, then I put my delicious concoction on a plate and proudly presented it to my dad. And I'll be darned if that man didn't eat it. Uncooked. That is true love. He never said one word about it being completely, disgustingly raw, and I didn't know until I was an adult and he was telling that story to my kids that I hadn't cooked the french toast.
A very Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there who has nurtured and cared for children in any way. Happy Mother's Day to my ancestral women who sacrificed and lived and raised their children through hardship and happiness. And a Happy Mother's Day to my own amazing mom - we laugh until we cry, we talk forever, she's been my best friend, my example, and a huge strength my entire life. I love her dearly.
|My beautiful mama, about a year before I was born|
|My beautiful mama with her cute hubby, Bob|