Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A mama, torn

I suspect every American mom out there struggles with some brand of personal schizophrenia. For some, it has to do with clothing. Whatever you wore before kids, you're likely to have made the switch to only things that can be easily washed, that you don't mind spit-up on, and that are comfortable enough to sit on the floor in once you've had kids. At least if you're staying at home with your kids, you have.

I don't struggle so much with clothing these days, but maybe that's because I've had a kid for almost 10 years now and can barely remember what a lovely vintage frock feels like against my skin anymore. For me, I find myself a bit schizophrenic about food.

To wit, on tonight's menu at my house is homemade vichysoisse, a tossed salad with homemade mustard-shallot vinaigrette sticks. Not fillets that I have picked up at Whole Foods, then lovingly sliced and hand-breaded my own self with French baguette crumbs that I have personally supervised on their journey to crumb-dom in my food processor.

I'm talking Gorton's frozen, buy one get one free at Harris Teeter yesterday. "30 Crunchy Golden" in a bright yellow box and shit. Go ahead and laugh it up, ladies. Former pastry chef and make-her-own-organic-babyfood has been laid very, VERY low.

I might be bothered to whip up my own tartar sauce. Or maybe not.


Suburban Gorgon said...

BWAHAHAHAHA! Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to. Seriously, I do feel your pain, but I also recognize what a shift that is for you, and it's about as funny to me as it was when I realized I had bought my spring wardrobe from the land's end catalog last year.

Times have changed, haven't they? And with them, our standards. Something's gotta give.

Tammy said...

Ahh, but did you serve them with tater tots too? And half a gallon of ketchup? I actually winced in horror the other day when I poured the last few tater tots out onto the cookie sheet. We ate an entire bag? How did that happen? Ugh.

I have a friend who I secretly suspect doesn't send her son over to my house for playdates because she's afraid I'm going to feed him a non-organic goldfish cracker.

Amber said...

I feel the pain! Well- except that I evolved starting at feeding my kids fish sticks and tator tots and now they prefer Salmon, wild rice and roasted veggies... Although we still go through ketchup (and mac and cheese) like it's water.

devilish southern belle said...

Sounds good to me! I liek to make some homemade things, and pair them up with store-bought or store-prepared really does please more of my family, and takes me a LOT less time to get dinner on the table that way.