After the kids did their homework, I decided to take a nap before facing the evening. I woke from my dozing state to hear several kitchen cabinet doors opening and closing. Just as I was about to get up and see what was going on, I heard (approximately) this conversation between my daughters:
10-year-old: So how is Mom feeling today?By now I was burying my face in the pillow so they couldn’t hear me laugh, because the thing is... my daughter was totally right. They went downstairs to the computer room first, and then found me in my room, giving me time to compose myself.
7-year-old: I don’t know.
10-year-old: Do you think she’s tired? Disappointed in the Girl Scouts? Angry? Sad?
7-year-old: I guess.
10-year-old: That’s what I call deep depression. Now what kind of dinner is she going to make us in deep depression?
7-year-old: Macaroni and cheese?
10-year-old: No, Dad usually makes macaroni and cheese. Now here’s my theory: If Mom’s happy then she cooks dinner...
7-year-old: Like chicken and rice!
10-year-old: Right. But she’s not happy today.
7-year-old: She’ll order Chinese food?
10-year-old: No, she orders food when she’s in the middle. But she only orders Chinese food when she’s happier. You know, like last night she sent Dad out for Popeye’s chicken because she didn’t want to cook, but she wasn’t that cranky.
7-year-old: Yeah. Maybe we can get McDonald’s?
10-year-old: No, because she’d have to feel like getting in the car to get it. She’s not going to do that. I think it’s going to be... (sound of more cabinet doors opening, plus the refrigerator) Campbell’s soup, Spaghetti-O’s or hot dogs. Let’s go check.
10-year-old: (sweetly) Hey, Mom. What are we having for dinner?My oldest proceeded to let me in on some of her theory of my dinner preparations, though I don’t believe that she used the phrase “deep depression” this time. But I fooled them by making soup, frozen pizza, and hot dogs, because I am not predictable. Oh, and we were out of Spaghetti-O’s.
7-year-old: (giggling) Yeah, what are we having for dinner?
Me: I don’t know. I was thinking of maybe soup, Spaghetti-O’s or hot dogs.
I also decided to order the Kids Cookbook: Food Fun for Boys and Girls. I had checked it out from the library before, but hadn’t even tried to get the kids involved in making any of the stuff. Pretty much because I was too lazy. But clearly, we are in a rut and need some fresh ideas like Easy Tostada Pizzas. I mean, the word easy is right there in the name, so that’s got to be a good sign. Maybe one day I’ll advance to real grown-up cookbooks not put out by Pillsbury, but if I can get the kids to learn how to make something, that could only be better for all of us.