For dinner I made one of our favorite Vietnamese meals. My family calls them “roll-em-ups”, Tommy calls them Vietnamese Taco Night; but you might all know them as summer rolls. A lot of times when you go to restaurants, they are appetizers, but our family eats them as a meal. After about 3 or 4 of them stuffed with all kinds of veggies, herbs, pork, shrimp, and noodles, you’re full. Maybe I’ll have to share the recipe with you all in another post. The fun part about it, and why I love it so much, is that since it takes some time to make, you can enjoy the company of your family and friends. My mom and I love to eat this, and I’m glad my future mom-in-law loves it too.
Today we’re off to Sunday mass and then the boys are making mom, Sunday Brunch. I’ll be making Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup) for dinner at mom’s request. I’m pretty excited!
Well, I’m off to prep and get ready for Mom’s day!
|A Peony from Mom’s Garden|
In honor of All Moms on Mother’s Day
By Erma Bombeck
When the good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”
And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order? —
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 moveable parts . . . all replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair; And six pairs of hands…
The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands . . . no way.”
“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”
“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.
The Lord nodded.
“One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”
“Lord,” said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, “Come to bed. Tomorrow . . .”
“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick . . . can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger . . . and can get a nine year-old to stand under a shower.”
The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.
“But tough!” said The Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure.”
The angel asked, “Can it think?”
“Not only think, but it can reason and compromise,” said The Creator.
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You You were trying to put too much into this model.”
“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”
“What’s it for?” asked the angel.
“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride,” The Lord replied.
“You are a genius,” said the angel.
The Lord looked somber.
“I didn’t put it there,” he said.