Once upon a Thanksgiving my daughter went to cook a frozen pizza in our oven. Aw….come on… like none of you has ever had pizza for Thanksgiving… or wanted to? So she opens the door of our 1950’s O Keefe and Merrit oven and… SCREAMS! Right???? Since when is Pepperoni scary? Ok ok… if you have high blood pressure maybe… but the girl is only 16. So what is going on in our kitchen?
Folks, It’s one of those awesome….MOM TO THE RESCUE MOMENTS! Hooray for me! I get up from the sofa… (you can start playing the theme to Super Man now if you’d like…) Annnnd…. you better play it quick because I have a confession to make. I have a fear of whiskery creatures that can make noises in your walls at night. Did I mention we had been fighting a war with rats?
My daughter had been spearheading a campaign against them. But keeping it real… a pair of rats sitting on what was about to be our pizza rack was a little too much for her. I would love to tell you that my mother style adrenaline kicked in and I single handedly removed the rodents from our oven but…that would be a lie.
So I’ll tell you one of the things I did do. I googled rats to see if it was possible to eat them. OK…Ok…maybe not my most nurturing moment. Just listen for a second… I was googling to find out whether or not any cultures cooked rats. No! I am not turning in my Mama Card.
Guess what I found? Rat flambe! Seriously.. Rats have been used in French cooking.I would have posted the link but you know how I feel about rats…. And yes..I know that the picture on this post is not a rat…it’s a hamster. And no we did not eat him instead.
So why did I look up such a thing? Well… I thought it might be a teachable moment on Perspective. You disagree? Yeah… my daughter did too.
You want to know why I thought you would want to read about such a horrible thing? Oh come on… the way I see it I have done mommies and daddies everywhere a huge favor. The next time your child complains about what’s for dinner… you tell him or her about me… and whatever you serve… is about to look reaaaaaaaaaaal good.