Can anyone explain why parents, especially mothers are so obsessed with food? Not with food in general, but with the food that their offspring should be ingesting.
Every time I talk to my mom or my mother in law the subject inevitably comes up. And since there’s a 7h time difference between their time and Montreal time, they’realways a bit disconcerted and ask whether we’ve eaten. When the answer comes back as “No, not yet” it opens a sort of Pandora’s box. Except we know what it contains.
When that box opens, 15 minutes of mostly rhetorical questions and more or less medical remarks follow. “You have to eat balanced meals”, “You need a lot of vitamins, especially in the winter”, “You must eat x calories per day”, “Eat a lot of fruit”, “Do you eat organic vegetables?” “Cucumbers don’t contain vitamins”. OH LORD ALMIGHTY!
Last week D&I made the mistake of saying we were tired, and you know what that brought us to? Another 10 minutes of vitamin talk which resulted in me agreeing to buy the B complex for D, my starving husband!
You know what else gets to our mothers, especially mine? When we chat on GTalk and I chew gum. Oh boy does that get to her! I suspect it’s because she expects me to be in a constant state of chewing food, not gum. I guess that if I told her I’m chewing a piece of chicken she would feel so much better.
The gum conversation always leads to the weight conversation. She also asks if I put on weight. “One gram at least?” The answer varies from “Not really” to “A little bit” although the reality is that I haven’t put on any weight, no. FYI, I don’t have an eating disorder, I just can’t eat in large quantities and hence don’t put on weight that easily.
There is no comparison I could use (without you thinking it’s a hyperbole) that could illustrate the number of sandwiches made by our moms for the trip to France for our wedding. Let’s say that if the wedding menu consisted of those sandwiches alone, we would have had enough for everybody.
And they probably would have been more calorically balanced than the foie gras.