Last week I had one of my best culinary days! I told the younger teenager that I wanted to make chilli and asked if she was cool with that. The conversation went something like this:
Me: “So… I’m going to make chilli tonight for supper. Is that cool?”
Teenager thinks: “What’s all in it?”
Me: “Usually I put onions, carrots, celery, veggie ground round, diced tomatoes, and beans in it. Plus chilli spices of course.”
Teen: “Chilli doesn’t have carrots or celery in it.”
Me: “My chilli does.”
Teen: “I don’t like celery.”
Me: “I can leave the celery out if you want.”
Teen: “Ok. Can I cut the carrots? I saw a video about cutting carrots.”
Me completely flabbergasted: “Uhhh… sure.”
We ended up having a “family supper” at the table with all of us eating at the same time. This is rare in our household due to SS getting home from work late, but sometimes we like to wait and eat together. So the chilli was made, the simple biscuits were out of the oven, and the most amazing thing happened. The kids came in to the kitchen, took a bowl, SCOOPED UP SOME CHILLI (and didn’t even scrunch their noses), and sat down to have dinner together. It was my proudest moment since moving into this household. My heart burst with pride and joy. I almost cried as I smiled and looked around at the family that I am feeling more and more part of.
Thank you to the Chilli Gods (if such a thing exists) for bringing us together!