Crazy Mom

Crazy Mom

(No, it isn’t me. Not this time anyway, though i was close to being driven crazy by one crazy mom.) Now imagine a woman who sees it as her mission to look for a best friend FOR HER SON. Why? Because she claimed that the MOST important part of her childhood was the shaping of her personality thanks to her best friend. (And where is this MOST important personality shaper in her life today, I wonder? I wish she were the one listening to this woman instead of me! ) So there she was, sucking up to me and my son. Naturally i braced myself for what was coming. From my limited experiences with this woman, i could already tell that there is quite a bit of unhappiness wrapped up in her whole too-much-ness. And i did wonder why she felt the need to target me as the recipient of her high-strung, urgent, unwanted advice-giving and oversharing. I can’t understand how her style of communicating would be helpful in making lasting friendships. Again my husband reminded me that i tend to be a magnet for such people’s venting. So i did give her about 15 minutes of my day, and i am confident i would be able to tolerate her again after a couple of weeks. I walked away feeling like i needed a shower and a mouth rinse to rid myself of toxicity. I still hold to the principle that one should not piss off crazy people. Call it self-preservation, if you will. I honestly admire my son’s ability to laugh this whole thing off by stating ever so confidently, “Who i am at my core is shaped by me, not by someone else.”  I only wish crazy woman could have heard him.

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What is a Mom

(Michael wanted to share some of his thoughts with you before he went to bed.)

What is a Mom?

by Michael

A mom is a way of living, a way of being.  When a child is threatened, whether it be physically or verbally, it is the mom who’d step forward.  A mother cooks a meal not only for herself, but like the wolf that brings the meat back to the pack.  A mom watches the child excel. A mom sometimes barks commands.  A mom is human; she makes mistakes.  But she doesn’t falter.  She tries to fix her mistakes and not push herself into deeper trouble.  The mom is the leading lady.  The mom is the chief executive officer of the house.  A mom smells clean and looks pretty from a boy’s perspective.  When the child goes to college, the mom will say goodbye.  This makes me sad.  

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Professional M.O.M.’s Curry Tilapia with Roasted Veggies

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My son was craving fish and I know he prefers fish that’s not bland so I made this curry flavored tilapia dish complete with veggies and his favorite new obsession — POTATOES….don’t ask me why.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sautée minced garlic, chopped bell pepper, 2 stalks of celery, 3 roma tomatoes, and 3 blonde potatoes in a little oil until vegetables are softened.  Season with 1 tsp curry powder, red pepper flakes (to taste), onion powder, garlic salt, and 1 tsp oregano.  Lay out 4 tilapia filets (salted on both sides) in a roasting pan. Pour curry veggie mixture onto the fish and spread evenly. Pop it into the oven for 30 minutes.  Done!

Professional M.O.M.’s Purple Stew

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My son calls this dish Purple Stew because the red cabbage turns everything purple. Just chop 3 potatoes, a red onion, a small head of red cabbage, and 6 personal-size smoked sausages, and stirfry them in a few tbsp of oil until veggies are wilted down. Add a bag of rinsed and drained sauerkraut from the refrigerator section of your grocery store. Add a liter of water. Bring to a boil.  Cook on medium heat for another 15 min. No seasoning is needed. Perfect for fall (or when your child is craving red cabbage).  Happy Stewing!