Sunday, September 18, 2011

taking it on

Yesterday, I mentioned to the boys that, when my sister and I were kids (not sure if our younger brother ever had to or did), we learned to cook. For one night a week, we were responsible for planning the menu, presenting our mother with a shopping list, preparing the food we'd chosen, and helping clean up. All of it. I told them, when you are older, you'll do this, too. I want you to grow up knowing how to take good care of yourselves, how to eat healthily, how to make it happen. They said, what are we waiting for? It was decided they would make Sunday's dinner together; lengthy discussions about salmon vs. chicken ensued. We shopped, and then this afternoon, they scrubbed potatoes, cut herbs from the yard, measured and prepared. Mostly, I stood in the background, taking it all in; watching the two of them working side by side, talking about this and that and sometimes nothing at all.

7 comments:

Kamana said...

how wonderful! my favourite moments with my children usually take place in the kitchen or with us surrounded by books.

Darcy said...

I love this idea! I never learned how to cook until I was an adult, I think my mom liked having the kitchen as her special place. And the older I became, the more I lost interest in it. Now whenever I visit, I'm always asking for her old recipes. It would have been nice had I learned them when I was younger.

Francesca said...

I'm reading a wonderful book at the moment (in italian only), the memories of an elderly sicilian lady who emigrated to the UK in her twenties, and she reminisces the summers spent watching her mother and aunt cook, and then the summer afternoons spent learning to cook with her sister - so many memories are created through the preparation of the food we eat! As you know, I firmly believe that boys too must be able to cook!

Vanessa said...

This really made me smile. Teaching to cook at a young age is one of things I'm most grateful to my parents for. Cooking for the people I care about might just be my greatest joy.

cate said...

amazing news, lecia! my 6 year old already knows how to cook better than some adults. isn't it fun to watch? big congrats on this milestone. xoxo

molly said...

i am so, so impressed!

KPiep said...

We've been planning on adding this tradition to our own weekly routine. Perhaps sooner rather than later, it sounds, would be good.