The other day, my son, Eric, made sausage gravy for dinner. This excited me on several levels.
1) Eric is 13.
I didn’t know how to make gravy until after I was married. I’m amazed that Eric can make gravy—and good gravy at that—at age 13.
2) Eric loves to cook.
He’s always enjoyed cooking. As a kid he loved watching the popular and charismatic chef Emeril Lagasse on television. Eric isn’t afraid to experiment and try new things. I’m tied to recipes and seldom deviate. He’s going to be a much better cook than I am.
He helped make hamburgers on the grill recently. They needed a little extra cooking time in the microwave, but otherwise turned out really good.
“Did you put something extra in the meat?” someone asked?
“Did you grill them differently?”
“No, all I did was shape them into patties,” he said.
He must have magic hands if he just has to pat the meat for it to turn out just right!
3) Eric is part of our family support network.
When I was offered the option to work full-time after working part-time for a few years, I asked my family what they thought about it. One of my concerns was getting dinner on the table every night. I could join the ranks of those who cook once a week—or once a month—and prepare enough food for a week—or a month. But I’m not that organized. Nor do I want to be. My family offered to share the cooking chores. Each of us (Doug, the three kids, and I) agreed to cook one weeknight and clean up one weeknight. Doug and I work together on weekends.
We set the schedule around each person’s availability. We each had regular activities like music lessons or small group meetings that we needed to accommodate. Plus, short-term activities like play practice required a little flex in the schedule. Now, Abby is heading off to college so we’ll have to shift things around more.
I can’t say we all do our chores without grumbling, but we do get it done. And we’ve learned to cook and clean and cooperate. Talk about life skills!
4) I love sausage gravy.