“I don’t know where your knife is, mom.”
“Meine messer. I left it in ze middle of ze table!”
“I really have no idea. Don’t we have a drawer full of knives next to the fridge?”
“WO IST DIE MESSER?!”
When I was growing up, this was my nightly ritual and the typical kind of conversation you would hear in my parent’s house. My mother would scream “verdammt nochmal!” into the wind while my brother giggled in the corner and repeated over and over that he, too, had not seen my mother’s favorite knife.
I imagine there are conversations just like this one in kitchens across the country, no?
The other day Bryan was helping me unpack groceries from various bags as we returned from Trader Joe’s.
“Where is the peanut butter?” I asked as I did a quick survey of the items on the counter. It really grinds my gears when he puts things away before I’ve had the chance to take inventory. I know, it’s completely neurotic but it’s just one of those things.
“I haven’t touched the peanut butter. You must have put it in the fridge already.”
“I wouldn’t have put it in the fridge because I don’t like to refrigerate peanut butter.”
All of a sudden, it hit me.
“You alright?” Bryan had that look on his face that told me he was very very afraid and also slightly amused.
“What the hell, Charlotte? Why are you looking at me like that?”
“It just happened. I have turned into my mom.”
The sweet and crazy German woman I have looked up to all my life was suddenly in the apartment with me going on about the art of putting away groceries. At least I refrained myself from running around like a lunatic for my favorite kitchen knife, right?
When did you first realize you were turning into one of your parents? Did you also experience a moment of mild panic?
Also, I have Thanksgiving brain. Anyone else? I’m having a hard time remembering if I’m coming or going and I feel like I have a million things to do before tomorrow. Good news: my cookie dough truffles received a thumbs-up from Bryan. Bad news: He likes them so much they may never see the dinner table.
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