Mothers and their Mothers

Posted by Mattie on Sep 6, 2010 in Womanhood |

Today is my mother’s 75th birthday.

I plan to make a celebration dinner for her. It should be lots of fun. She’s one of those people who don’t want any gifts, really. The best gift that I ever gave her was oven mitts from Hawaii with palm trees on them. She needed a pair. And, she doesn’t want to go out for dinner, really. That is a waist of money.

So, I am making dinner for her. I guess you are thinking that’s no big deal. Well, let me tell you something about my mother. High maintenance would be an understatement. I have only made dinner for her once before. My dinner was chicken and salad, pretty simple. Except I did everything wrong. I cut the tomatoes to small. My chicken was too dry.  I should have done everything differently.

I have to admit cooking is not one of my favourite tasks. Mostly because I have kids who like boring and bland food and my husband is British. My family has low expectations of me. And the truth is, that serves me well, as the kitchen is not my favourite room.

So tonight I am making dinner for my mother, who will try to take over all the cooking. She will then comment on my preparations. And maybe say thank you, as it is my duty to take care of her.

But, I don’t care. I have decided that I am going to try new things to learn more about myself. And cooking is going to be one of those new things. My kids will have to try everything so their taste buds start experiencing some new life. My husband is indifferent, so that’s easy.

I am planning this dinner because my children should celebrate with their grandmother. I hope one day my kids do nice things for me, when I am older. I also hope that I don’t turn into my mother.  Three generations eating together is rare and I think our children are missing out. It is worth the effort for our kids.

They learn so much from their grandparents. It really is a treat for them. Kids get special treatment and more love. Who wouldn’t want that? I guess I can suck it up for one night. With the help of wine…

I know that my kids will be thinking throughout dinner, when are we going to have cake? And so, they will have to maintain dinner manners and be patient. After all, it isn’t their birthday.

Tonight my goal is to have a happy celebration with three generations of women and one husband. I hope everyone has a nice time. And I don’t burn dinner!

Wish me luck!


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