There are a few for sures when you are an Italian mother. Hair, and lots of it, a rather large nose, talking violently with your hands, and the amazing ability to cook. I am a solid 3 out of those 4 but frequently question if I can truly claim my heritage. I definitely have the ability to grow hair like nobody’s business. On command, instantly. I can grow a more successful mustache than my non-Italian husband and the one day I skipped shaving my legs, a 3 year old pointed at me and told his mom he saw Chewbacca. Big nose? Definitely. Talking with my hands? Absolutely. I can have an entire conversation with my hands including emojis without saying a word. The one area I fail in is cooking. Miserably. When people find out that I am Italian they usually make a comment about how I must be able to cook great spaghetti sauce. I can open a jar, I can work the microwave. We don’t starve.
Unfortunately, my kids are always hungry. Like every day at the most inconvenient times like when I am playing games on my phone (and they know that candy can’t crush itself) or just get in the car to go somewhere. Since my purse is the family trash bin, at any given time I can put together an entire meal with what I find in the bottom of my purse. I am resourceful. I am also pretty sure that Chex mix was invented by some busy mom that forgot to pack snacks and dumped out her purse into a Ziplock baggie. Trail mix was invented by a slightly healthier mom. It’s all good. A little fuzz never hurt anyone and if they find something like a paper clip or a hair tie it’s a bonus prize like in a Cracker Jack box.
What I don’t understand is why everyone has to know what we are having for dinner hours prior to dinner time. Will it change the course of their day? Will knowing that we are having pizza rather than meatloaf make for a better day? They already know I am not a good cook. Maybe they are planning how much they need to eat throughout the day so they won’t need to eat my cooking? Do they even care or is it an automatic reflex when they see me? Whatever reasons they have don’t really matter. As long as the world keeps turning, every day kids will ask “What’s for dinner?” whether they actually want to know or not and moms will be scrambling to figure it out.