This Is Not A Setup

March 17, 2010 by Michelle

I haven’t been around much this week. It’s our school’s book fair, and of the thirty total hours we need volunteers (geeky me, yes I calculated it at about 5am this morning), I’m there for fourteen of them. Plus Little Miss had a parent/child activity at school. And Mister Man has his language group. And I had a President’s Council meeting today for two plus hours, for which I also provided lunch for twenty-five. Why does everything always happen in the same week?

Shockingly, that isn’t the point of the post, as everyone is busy – this isn’t exactly earth shattering news. However, because I haven’t been home and my husband has been gone because he has conferences at his school, my mom graciously agreed to watch the wee ones after school today and tomorrow, including feeding them dinner and putting them to bed.

I happened to have an hour free between the presidents’ council and my shift at the book fair, so I headed home to do some quick cleaning of my disaster of a kitchen (try making four loaves of bread, Irish soda bread, baked potato soup and homemade dressing for a salad in about three hours and see what your kitchen looks like at the end of it!).

As I was putting away some things in the fridge, I noticed that my mom brought dinner for the wee ones. Because apparently she didn’t trust me to have food for them. Yep, me who loves to cook and bake has no food in the house for the wee ones to eat. My mother, who I’ve mentioned previously does not like food and never really cooked when I was growing up, instead made and brought dinner.

This is what I discovered:

I’m pretty sure that I’d mentioned at some point that my mom used to make up a pound of spaghetti and leave it in a Ziploc bag for us to eat when we got hungry. Yep, the tradition is carried on. I wasn’t joking when I said my mom did that.

Although I will admit that we didn’t get the extra protein from the turkey bacon that she included for the wee ones. This gets placed on a paper towel and stuck in the microwave to cook.

I was mildly jealous that they got that extra treat. Then I noticed something. My mom always made spaghetti for us. The wee ones get special shaped pasta with cool textures. Yep, they’re definitely getting spoiled.



  • Fishsticks and Fireflies

    BWHAHAHAHA! That is AWESOME! I don't even want to know what she carreis in her purse 'just in case' she gets stranded somewhere!

  • WeaselMomma

    Fun shaped, textured pasta and turkey bacon spoils children? Oh boy, am I in trouble.

  • Megryansmom

    Oh yes, I can attest that becoming a grandmother turns us mommies into completely different people

  • Laura

    Mine brings cottage cheese and is offended if I have some here. Like she has the market on cottage cheese?

  • Shannon "Coupon Princess"

    That is so funny.. I hope next week is not to busy for ya!

  • Pat

    That is so funny…spaghetti in a ziploc bag.

    I wish my grandsons lived close enough to us for me to spoil them. πŸ™

  • Dan

    Who cares as long as there is bacon? Isn't that what grandmas (and grandpas) are supposed to do?

  • Sherry

    Cool! I've never even seen that shape. It looked like regular macaroni until you gave us the close up. πŸ˜€

  • Melisa with one S

    Please give your mom my address.

    And tell her I love her.

  • Michelle

    Nichole – Oh she's got some good just in cases in there. I joke that she'd do great on Let's Make A Deal.

    WeaselMomma – Wellll when I grew up, we had plain spaghetti only. Now they get a protein AND special shaped pasta πŸ˜‰

    Megryansmom – Yeah, apparently. I don't remember some of these things from when I was growing up….

    Laura – Cottage cheese? Interesting. My mom keeps trying to convince the wee ones to eat cottage cheese, but that's as far as it goes.

    Shannon – Oh no. Not at all. Actually, it will be nothing like this week, but we are on spring break, so … not quiet πŸ™‚

    Pat – Ummmm yeah. That's my mom. And I wish your grandsons lived close enough, too. I hope the wee ones stay close when they're adults!

    Dan – Now that's the man attitude. I love it. And yes, they're supposed to do that, but not when they're around as often as many parents.

    Sherry – I know. Trust me, I thought it was regular pasta until I looked at it closely, too. It's sorta cool, isn't it?

    Melisa – Will do. Just from you πŸ™‚

  • septembermom

    Those lucky Wee Ones! Grandma knows how to keep them happy πŸ™‚

  • Mrs4444

    OMG-That's hilarious!! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle

    Kelly – Ummm yeah. Although actually pasta is an easy sell for little kids. My aunt and uncle weren't so thrilled when that's what my mom offered THEM though πŸ˜‰

    Mrs4444 – I thought so. I do find it entertaining, but it's *so* my mom!

  • Corrie Howe

    Having kids taught me that parents and in-laws are really just waiting for grandchildren to spoil. And they love teaching grandkids to so things that they'd never let their own children do….like spit wads in the restaurant and tossing peanuts for people to catch in the air with their mouths and eating dessert first…you know those kinds of things.

  • Michelle

    Corrie – Yeah… although those are more my dad kind of things than my mom. She's far too Donna Reed to allow any of that to happen – especially in public πŸ˜‰

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