by Honolulu Mother
Towards the end of the day the discussion on a recent topic turned to old family favorites, especially those from childhood. Mémé mentioned tamale pie:
Several of us were familiar with variations on the other one she mentioned:
“It is called American Chop Suey in New England, sometimes goulash elsewhere. Ground beef, canned chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, bell pepper, and macaroni.”
The variation I knew as a childhood favorite was tallerini (tollerini? talerinei?), which was egg noodles cooked in an electric skillet with ground beef and onions, tomatoes (maybe tomato sauce), black olives, and corn. I see various recipes online calling for adding cheddar cheese on top and baking, but the version I knew was served from the skillet.
Another regular on my childhood table, and a favorite of mine, was creamed tuna on rice. We always had it with mayonnaise to mix in and peas on the side (also good mixed in!), a tradition dating from my mother’s childhood when her younger brother accidentally got some mayonnaise from his sliced avocado mixed in with his creamed tuna. The rest of the family didn’t initially believe his assertion that it was good that way, but when he kept adding mayonnaise every time it was served they were convinced. This is one I think you have to grow up with — my grandfather, and my own father, who didn’t, were not fans. Luckily for me my husband also grew up with creamed tuna!
What were your favorites of the regular family dinners from your childhood? Do you ever make them for your own family?
It’s been more than eight years since I began reading and slowly contributing to this group. At that time, I was really feeling the stress of the juggle. Two young kids, a full time job, a move, then a new job in a new city….
I can’t believe the amount of time that has passed since then. Over the years, I learnt the art of taking and asking for flexibility at work. I managed to get my kids to activities after school some weekdays. I continue to work, which at one time was becoming increasingly difficult with the juggle.
Now, things are changing again as my office is moving and location change will mean more commute, but it is not too bad. It will be close to DS’s potential HS, so I can pick him up if he wants to do after school clubs.
How does your juggle look today? It may be different with grown kids but aging parents in the picture. Others may have changed jobs or office locations, kids may be doing extra curricular activities that add to the juggle. Let’s revisit where it all began.
Posters mention now and again their days as children and young adults. I find these a fascinating description of time and place. Though most of our experiences may be positive, some may not be.
These days pictures and slide shows on Facebook pop up to remind us what happened a couple of years ago. But prior to that there was just memory, faded pictures and some of you have mentioned home movies.
Describe your good old or bad old days.
Every now and then I’ll come across an article that stirs a memory or just have a stray thought and search FB for a long lost friend. About a year ago I did that and found my first boyfriend from sophomore year of high school. His current picture was not much to look at, but I did see an old photo on his public page that reminded me of how handsome he had been. I sent him a message (which goes into Facebook purgatory unless you pay money) and said, well, if he ever finds it I’ll hear from him. He did reply six months later, we did a heartfelt “friend”, and I decided to schedule a meet up on my recent trip to DC.
We sat in a coffee shop for 2 hours and caught up on the 43 years since we last ran into each other. We didn’t reminisce much about high school because we only went out for six months and went on with our lives. However, he is the only guy other than my two husbands that is at the level of “in love” for me.
I am still processing the experience. I felt awkward after a while, not for romantic reasons, but because my life turned out so much better than his. There was no increase in heart rate, although at one point he cocked his head just so and I caught a glimpse of the boy inside the man. He has a quiet responsible life, late marriage with youngest kid 20 years old, not happy in his marriage, middle class and tied to working as long as he is able, but his conversation was full of regrets about the road not taken`, recounting all sorts of recent sad events – not bitter, just resigned and a bit hard on himself. He never finished college because he went off the rails at 21 for a year or two and was just afraid of risk after that. (I guess it turns out he is a depressive, too. I am three for three.) I took a 15 year hiatus from myself from age 26 to 41 and lived through some tough luck, but I got myself back. He just figured out how to get by. I did ask him if his grand passion, a fabulous artistic woman he fell for at 17 and whose eventual rejection sent him into a tailspin, prevented him from moving on personally. He loved her like a guy in a tragic romance novel to a degree I have never again encountered from a man in real life. He said to me, I don’t think so, that’s an interesting observation. Still, my wife did ask me to burn all the pictures from that era (he just hid them). Ya think?
Totebaggers, please share your experiences of going back to the past, happy or not. Do you have any desire to track down old friends?
by Honolulu Mother
This Deadspin (Gawker affliate) item asked its readers what was the first big news story they were aware of as kids:
What’s The First Big News Story You Were Aware Of As A Kid?
Judging by the comments, either the Challenger explosion or the first Gulf War was the first memorable news story for many readers. Totebag readers probably skew older, though.
For me, it was Watergate. I think my parents had as much fun trying to explain that one as they did answering my question about whether Watership Down was about bunnies, or people. (“Well, it is about bunnies, but it’s really about people.” DID NOT COMPUTE.)
How about the rest of you? What was your first news story?
The 90’s are making a comeback in fashion, film and television.
Netflix has brought back Full House (1987-1995). Boy Meets World has a spin-off show, Girl Meets World.
There was a re-make of Total Recall and another film in the Jurassic Park franchise.
’90s Trends That Made a Comeback
Get The Look: 90s Style Icons
What 90’s influences do you see around you?
What were your favorites from the 90’s in fashion, music and entertainment?