I did, so did my brother and my sister - it was never talked about publicly, at least my Mom tried to keep it quiet - it always reared its ugly head in the grocery store, she would give us the look, tell us jokingly that we had the "Iwantititis", try to laugh it off so that others wouldn't stare, but I think people knew - there children may have had it and knew not to stare. Most people out grow it, I will be honest I thought it was just a childhood affliction, my children have it - all 3 of them! But this weekend my Mom opened my eyes and whispered to me quietly in church that she thinks my hubs might have it - I thought about it - I won't lie - sitting in church I prayed about it, but I have come to the realization that she is right, I am positive that he has it - but I am a strong person, we will make it thru the tougher times, I will prevail over all 4 of them and some day they will all look back and thank me, just as I look back now and thank my Mom for her will power and her desire to give us home cooking!
The Boughten Cookie Syndrome!
You may have been one or you have at least seen those afflicted with this syndrome in the grocery store - you are casually walking down the cookie/cracker aisle when you hear the words:
"PPPPLLLLLEEEEAAAAASSSEEEEE Mom just this once can we have boughten cookies??????"
always followed by the the very tired, overworked, excellent cook of a Mom say:
"No, I have all the stuff to make cookies when we get home, there is no need to BUY cookies!"
I was that kid, I look back now on that time with shame and remorse - what possessed me to think that cookies in a package could replace the ones that my Mom always made with love (well and possibly a little frustration)!
But what I neglected to realize about this syndrome is that it can manifest itself in so many other instances, not just cookies! And that is what I realized Sunday at church, the conversation that opened my eyes went like this:
Mom: So today is Chris' birthday are you guys doing anything special?
Me: Well I made him a cake and told him I would cook his favorite meal?
Mom: Oh that sounds good - what did he choose?
Pause for explanation: this is a tradition in our family - ever since I can remember on our birthday we have been allowed to request ANY meal we want - a lot of times we choose things like: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, homemade bread; spaghetti, homemade bread; fried chicken, mashed potatoes, homemade bread; beef roast, mashed potatoes, homemade bread - You get the picture - my Mom is an excellent cook and not to break my arm patting myself on the back but I ain't too bad myself!
Me: Skinless, boneless chicken breast fried, instant mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans!
Mom: OH - so have you considered he suffers Boughten Cookie Syndrome?
I swear Angels sang - she was right! So after quiet contemplation and a little prayer I
think believe we can make it over this hurdle in our marriage - you see I am a mashed potato connoisseur - I LOVE THEM, they are my life but what kind fool person chooses instant over homemade - I guess the kind I married - why oh why didn't I ask this question 20 years ago when we are dating, why did I have to find out now - I must have been blinded by love.