Life Is Better With A Mom Who Can Cook

Life Is Better With A Mom Who Can Cook

It's like having a built in restaurant in your house - except you don't tip with money, you wash all the dishes instead.

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For as long as I can remember, my moms cooking has been one of the things that gave me the most joy growing up.

When I was in the second grade, I came home from my first day of school to be pleasantly surprised with a pan of gooey cheesecake swirl brownies waiting for me in the kitchen. The house was warm and even though it was still hot outside I didn't care. I could smell the sweet scent of the brownies from the bottom of stairs. While these were in fact just your average brownie mix in a box, she somehow made it taste like it was so much more. So I sat at the dining room table and ate my now favorite brownies, feeling so grateful but being too young to express it fully.

Her brownies were good (and still are), but that's not the kind of good food that I'm talking about.

My mom is the reason why I try to convince every person that I meet that Indian food is the BEST food, even thought it looks weird. From the time i was a kid, I grew up in a house that was always filled with aromas of different spices that made our kitchen smell like you just walked into a restaurant. And here's the best part: The food not only smelled amazing, but it tasted amazing too. I always knew it would be a good night when I got home from school and could smell my favorite food that she was cooking from the minute I walked through the front door.

She's the kind of cook that has never once measured how much ingredients she puts into her food, always a sprinkle of this and sprinkle of that and maybe some more of this, but I needed to give it a taste first to let her know for sure. She never questioned her choices, never unsure. Sometimes cautious, but never unwavering in her skill. Somehow, after a billion times of making the same thing over and over, it all tastes amazing. To this day, it still boggles my mind that she can make all this food by memory. Watching her cook is like magic, it's everything that is wonderful and

Even though my mom has cooked the same dishes over and over again over the course of my 20 years (with some hamburger helper thrown in there for my own enjoyment), I could never get tired of her calling me over to the kitchen and doing a taste test.

There's this tradition for my birthday that my mom cooks my favorite meal- all the works. While this is something that most families do with their kids, this is different. It feels special in a way that eating it on any other day doesn't compare.

When you have a mom that can cook you begin to realize that when your mom cooks food for you it's her love language towards you. It's her saying 'I know you love this, and i love you". There is so much joy in knowing that my mom has the skills to make a satisfying meal, because I don't think I could have survived my 20 years eating mac and cheese out of the box.

When you have a mom that can cook, you can rest asure that she knows what she's doing, which in return means you can almost always count on skipping out on the McD's for a day and going home to a warm plate of goodness.

Sometimes I would watch my mom cook just to watch and she would do it without thinking. There has never been a moment where she was confused with what she was doing, she just knew how to do it, it's like second nature. I would watch as she so smoothly mixed all the right spices together to create this work of art.

A lot of my happy childhood memories surrounded my mom cooking and my brother and I taking a plate and going down to our basement to watch a TV show or a movie. We would settle in the basement and then pray a prayer of thankfulness that our mom could cook amazing food.

My mom doesn't necessarily believe she's Americas next top chef, but in my eyes she is. So the next time your mom whips up something amazing, or maybe just something out of the box, tell her thank you. Show your appreciation and then to really show her you love her, do the dishes afterwards.

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To My Boyfriend's Mom

He loves you more than you could ever imagine...
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Without you, there would not be a him, so first things first, thank you.

1. Thank you for teaching him to love a woman the right way, to put God first, and YOU before me always, the respect he shows you is so attractive, and you deserve it.

He talks about you like you hung the moon, I don't doubt for a second that he will be an amazing father one day, I owe all of that to you.

2. Thank you for giving me a chance, learning to love me when you knew your son was doing the same.

I can't speak for my own first impressions, but hopefully mine was not THAT bad...when we both slapped him on the arms for his rude remark at the same time, I knew our relationship was already blossoming.

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3. Thank you for every meal you have ever purchased me.

And chocolate, and candy...you know just as well as your son does that food is the way to my heart. Especially Taco Bell and cheesecake ;)

4. Thank you for your advice, suggestions, and opinions...and asking for mine

Whether it's telling me to slap him for being a smart a$$, or you're asking me about color swabs for your kitchen makeover, you come to me as if I am your own, and I am so honored to give you my own input.

5. Thank you for including me

You never fail to leave a spot for me, and I love family dinners/outings with you guys just as much as I love my own!

6. Thank you for teaching your son to never give up, and that if he does it is only to better himself, or it's the only choice he has left.

He is so focused on his future, he wants the best for himself, and he is constantly reminding me that these are things that YOU taught him, you deserve to be so proud.

7. Thank you for letting him love my family, and allowing me to love yours.

He is so loyal and loving to my family, and I don't even have to ask myself why because I see him with you and yours. Thank you for letting us double up on holidays when we can, and making sure we get the most out of our time with you!

8. Thank you for being his best friend.

I think of him as mine too, but I couldn't think of a better person to also hold that title, you know him better than anyone else and you always will.

9. Thank you for teaching him how to treat a woman

He is constantly telling me "You sound like my mother." Thankfully earlier in our relationship, he told me that the woman he wants to be with, should do just that. He always tells people who try, "No, no one calls me by my full name except my mom and my girlfriend."

10. Thank you for your honesty

We all know that he and I can drive you crazy sometimes, thank you for telling us like it is, and making sure we know you still love us anyways.

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11. Thank you for teaching him to work as hard as possible in anything and everything he does.

I have never met anyone with such a desire for success, he and I are constantly discussing how we can better our futures, and I know exactly where his drive comes from.

12. Thank you for teaching him to clean up after himself

Even though sometimes, it takes him a minute to do so.

13. Thank you for teaching him how to love, and letting him love me.

I have never felt so loved by a man, probably because anyone else who came into my life was just a boy. Thank you for your unconditional love for him, he is your entire heart and that is so easy to see, I am happy to share his with you.

You and I both know that even years from now we will both occasionally probably be closing the fridge that he left open, cleaning the crumbs he dropped, demanding he take a shower after playing soccer, or reminding him 20 times about plans we made weeks ago, we both share such a great love for such an amazing man. I could never be more thankful that you brought forth into this world such a comforting, supportive, protective, steadfast, driven, handsome, and hilarious guy. Thank you for everything you do for him, for me, and for us, I love you a lot!

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The Thank-You Your Parents Deserve For The Sacrifices They've Made

Sadly, this is one they've never heard.

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We're getting into that stage of our lives. The one where you are away from home or starting to distance yourself, but the relationship between you and your parents is strengthening. College has taught me the value of my parents. Their value is more than the money their bank account and how often they were able to make it to high school soccer games. It's so much deeper than that.

If you have EVER fought with your parents, you've heard the phrase "You'll understand someday when you're a parent." What an excuse, right? No, not really. Being a parent is hard; it's something that I couldn't even imagine doing now or in the next five years.

Since college, I've grown so much closer to both my parents and honestly it's one of the best things that has happened to me. In high school, I was the definition of a hormonal teenager. Fighting with my dad every day and ignoring my mom when the walk got hard. Now, I call them to tell them what kind of smoothie I got for lunch. College taught me how to make not just more of a father/mother-son relationship, but a friendship with my parents. That's not what I'm here to thank them for, though.

I'm thankful for the sacrifices. There's so many that I don't know about, but I know they exist. Working countless hours to give my brother and me what we want or even sacrificing their own happiness for me is something that I can't comprehend yet. I know that being a parent is hard and that sacrifices are in call but being a parent is a full-time job. I've come to realize that a lot of my parent's lives got put on the backburner because they wanted to give me the best life possible, but I have to recognize the sacrifices.

I have been so blessed to have an amazing life. I've been provided for, and my parents have busted their butts to make sure I had everything possible to make me happy. Not just material things; they gave me all of the opportunities possible to succeed in life. They've skipped events with their friends to spend time with me while I'm home from college, even if it's us sitting in the living room on our phones all night.

Mom and Dad, I appreciate you more than you know. The words that I've written are just a quarter of the love and appreciation I have for you — words cannot describe how I feel. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you've made for me. I know I am where I'm at right now because of the hard work you've put into me, and I hope that I can make you proud.

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