My son recently spent some time with some relatives and slept over for a few days.
Over the course of those few days, I couldn’t help but notice how clean my kitchen was.
You see, I don’t make my son most of his meals or snacks during the day, I want him to learn how to make his own meals. Most of the time he will just boil some pasta and have some spaghetti, or will make himself a sandwich, or oatmeal, or something of that nature. Nine year olds are not usually known for their demand for culinary artistry.
Besides, I figure he will thank me when he is living on his own and not having to subsist solely on Cup o’Noodle.
But a fact that has always hovered in the back of my mind came to light when I realized that my kitchen counter could indeed make it through the day without being littered with bread crumbs or spilled tomato sauce or smudged butter. Not to mention the floor immediately below the main preparation area. Practically sparkling! Not a spilled oat in sight!
He came back today and even though I missed him, I did not miss the time I spend cleaning up after his, ah, kitchen adventures. I mean, I have to call it an adventure, because mere cooking does not somehow propel pasta in a five foot radius from the counter.
But I suppose that is the price I have to pay if I want him to take over all of the dinner-making one day.