Friday, November 21, 2008

How does this happen ?

I think it is some weird kind of genetic imperative that we give birth to children that are similar in temperament to us, but then enough difference is tossed in to make for "dramatic tension". Such tension creates friction, which keeps the world going.

I am a very laid back kind of person who was raised with the idea that holiday gatherings involve a horde of people, so it is buffet style, no table settings and any flat surface can and will be pressed into service as a table. Then there is my son, who seems unnaturally obsessed with both Food Network and QVC. If left to his own devices, weekday dinners in our house would bring Martha Stewart to her knees with their presentation. Sorry kiddo, ain't happening.

The last couple of days he has been watching , getting ideas about how we should do our thanksgiving. Stuff like Gikded Jello and tuxedo'ed turkeys placed on a table that comes straight out of a Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot, and it is making me cringe. I think I am going to have to break down and buy some printed paper plates and some kind of centerpeice to make the kid happy. After all, he is a part of our family and his wishes are just as importaint.

The real question to me is how did I give birth to a Martha Stewart wannabe who dislikes chocolate ? Is such a thing genetically possible ???


Rosie said...

Except for the chocolate part, that's my kind of kid. Why don't you let him get crafty and assist with the table decor or cooking? I share his visions... but it never happens. I collect vintage table glass, to display my food in.... at my place there is only about 3 or 4 of us so we end up taking it to the living room. I have visions of nice Sunday dinners set on a beautiful table.

Skye's the Limit said...

Okay Di, I have an idea... I'll take your place in Chicago for the holidays and you can take mine here in Louisiana! Although, I was raised exactly like you were, my idea of the holidays is exactly like Nick's and Martha's! You think our families would notice the swap? LOL