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Fun With Salt & Pepper

My poor son JCH is the only teenager on this vacation. I feel so badly for him. Just look at how bored he is. While all of the kiddies are having fun with their parents, him & I are pretty much on our own. However, its not exactly fun for a 12 year old to hang out with his mom.

I’d like to take this moment to give thanks for All Things video games.

Now, I have to give my son mucho credit for being such a good sport. He certainly hasn’t lost his sense of humor. We went out to dinner the other night, just to change things up a bit. My son entertained himself and me at the dinner table playing with the salt & pepper shakers (my favorite was the pepper on top of a straw as a microphone).

During dinner, I really struggled with resisting a very powerful urge to inhale the guacamole and taste a sample of the amazing pico de gallo. But I didn’t cave. However, when a fresh batch of corn chips hot out of the oven and still dripping in oil arrived at the table I could NOT help myself. I decided to indulge. I put three chips on my plate, sprinkled them with salt, and took the smallest bites EVER to make them last as long as I possibly could. I let the flavor and crunchiness linger in my mouth. And then I washed it down with a Benadryl. (Just In Case) I have to admit, they were the single most satisfying thing I have eaten in about a YEAR.

Later that evening, my son and I who are sharing living quarters were thirsty. The water cooler upstairs by our bedroom was empty. In the refrigerator were two sodas. (Yet another thing I am banned from drinking.) My son offered to go downstairs and get water for the both of us. I told him, don’t bother with that. It’s okay, I’ll just drink the soda. And then my son said something I will never forget.

” Um. How About No Mom. You can’t drink soda. And, I think you have done enough ‘Dare Deviling’ for one day. You already ate those chips. Now you can only have water.”

And then he rolled his eyes at me.

Yep. Things are still wonderful in Mexico.

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  • Yeah, Mom what were you thinking. Your son is awesome.

  • and i do not think mexico is exactly the place to have an episode… it may be pretty there,, but i am guessing the medical community is not what at all ready for a complex girl like you…..

  • I seriously love that boy. Good for him to look out for his Mom that way. I am also glad you got some chip satisfaction. I take so much for granted….


  • It is so touching when a boy looks out for his Mum. I felt for you when I read this – to see all that yummy food and not be able to eat most of it must be so hard. JCH really is a wonderful boy. A credit to you, indeed!

  • I am glad you got a little joy out of the chips – and am glad you have somebody watching out for you…Happy Thanksgiving my dear!

  • More proof of what a fantastic son you have. And normally that’s a direct reflection on how great of a parent he has… Know what I’m sayin?!?!?!?!? πŸ˜‰

  • Meleah

    The Girl I WILL Bring Home:
    ha ha ha
    I know.
    My son is the bomb!

    I have no idea what The Medical Community in Mexico is like
    and I dont plan on finding out.

    “to see all that yummy food and not be able to eat most of it must be so hard.”
    Its like TORTURE.
    And listening to everyone Ooh & Ah over it, KILLS ME.
    But, oh well
    At least I have a GREAT SON

    Please, EAT what YOU LOVE whenever you can…yanno for me?
    I love my boy too.
    He’s growing up to be one fine young man

    Those chips were TOTALLY worth anything ‘bad’ happening

    Thank you! He really is a GREAT kid.
    I laughed so hard when he said “dare deviling”

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  • The apple does not fall far from the tree !!! He has a wonderful disposition and you can see he has a great spirit about him!!

  • Such a good kid to look out for his Momma!

    How’d the corn chips go? Any reaction?

    Oh, I’m plotting recipies for you still, but need to know about zuchinni and squash products. And spices other than garlic and onion?

  • Good he watches over his mom. He does that because he knows she loves him. Hey – whatever you can’t do, you’re still THERE!

  • Meleah

    Love My Son.

    Courtney Ryan:
    The term Dare Devil is still cracking me up.
    And no I did NOT have a reaction to my three chips!

    zuchinni and squash = OKAY
    garlic and onion = BAD

    That’s true. Very True.

  • I remember biting into a grocery store pre-made ham sandwich. You know, one of those things that comes out of a plastic box. It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tasted because I so incredibly hungry.

    This food alergy thing has got to end somehow, Meleah!

  • JCH is a great kid, looking after your health like that.

    You done good, momma!

  • Meleah

    I know. I wish there was SOMETHING a specialist could DO for me. I miss *food* in general!

    I guess in spite of myself I AM doing a good job as a mother!
    The term ‘Dare Deviling’ is still cracking me up.

  • Lee

    Let’s see…teenage son…Daredevil mother…who’s the adult in that duo? πŸ˜€ Love the salt and pepper shaker games. I’m going to have to remember that for the next time I’m with my grandkids…one more thing to teach them that will torture their parents!

  • Don’t forget my story about my alergic reaction in Cabo, and what a joke it was trying to find help. JCH was right. Just take in what you can, and stick with the basics as far as food.

    Your son really is very special. You are lucky to have each other.

  • Your son is a hoot! He is also quite mature & caring. You must be & should be extremely proud of him.

  • You’re raising a great kid!

  • Meleah

    Yep. My son is on top of things.
    I am very lucky.
    I have no idea how he turned out so GOOD.

    I know. We were in town tonight and I saw a ‘medical facility’
    OMFG. I do NOT want to end up in THAT place.
    Ive been very good otherwise

    He is very mature.
    He may only be 12. But he’s going on 45

    He’s The Best!

  • What a responsible young man, taking care of his moher. πŸ™‚

  • He is such a doll! Love the salt n pepper routine and him scolding you..priceless (and endearing).

  • Lee

    I know how he turned out so good! Look who his Mom is!

  • Meleah

    Sometimes, he is more responsible than I am.

    Ms. Q:

    My son is really good (sometimes)

    Aw. Why thank you.

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  • Your son’s a little hottie…I know I shouldn’t say that….but…couldn’t help it πŸ™‚

  • Meleah

    Okay, well, THANK YOU.

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