Today, my kids and I did a lot of cooking. Wild Man made french bread while Ga'hoole Girl made turkey and andouille gumbo. This reminds me of all the cooking that I did with my mom as I was growing up. So, today, I am thankful for all the practical stuff my mom taught me:
- Cooking - from everyday stuff like spaghetti to fancy meals including soups and desserts.
- Housekeeping - you might not know it from seeing my house, buy my mom taught me to be organized and value having a clean home. (Of course, you've read how I've had to balance my perfectionism in housekeeping with reality, but I have to thank Mom for my ability to even clean a house in the first place.)
- Parties - my mom and I can throw a mean party. Of course, my mom has more energy than one woman should be allowed to have, but I do marvel at her ability to get the house cleaned, the food cooked, and be completely dressed including hair and makeup by the time the first guest arrives. I can't get it all done like she can, but I do remember the fun we used to have in the kitchen - not to mention the amazing food.
- Laundry - I was not one of the kids at college who freaked out about how to wash clothes the first month. My mom made sure I knew how to sort, wash, dry, and even iron clothes.
So, thanks, Mom! And, thank you God for a Mom who made sure to get me ready to face the big, bad world. And help me to get my own kids ready to make their mark on the world.
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