So far, so good. The first day, she spent mostly in bed, catching up on sleep. Now she’s watching her political shows* and bringing my plants back to life. Whenever I buy a plant, Hal likes to suggest I kill it in the store rather than bring it home and torture it to death. He gets such a kick out of himself.
My mother, on the other hand, has a green thumb. I think it’s because she likes plants and animals more than she likes people. She has one of those t-shirts that says “plants and animals died to make room for your fat ass.” Anyway, she spent half an hour making up a special meal (30% protein, 30% starch… I don’t know, she recited the recipe to me) for the dogs, cooking, boiling, serving it up, watching them eat, then cleaning up the mess. So far, she’s made me a cup of coffee…
OK, just kidding. I know she’ll be cooking up a storm pretty soon, even for the people who live here. After her plants and animals, she likes her grandchildren best. Then Hal. Then me. I’m pretty sure I make the list. She’s happy to be here, we are happy to have her. There will be pictures as soon as she is rested and has on her lipstick. So far, so good.
*My mom is as far left as you can get without falling off the world. If she were a color, she’d be teal. When I first started dating Hal in 1989, Libertarian wasn’t really a household term, nobody knew what it was, so everyone thought I was dating – OHYMYGOD – a Republican. (Actually, my father was a Republican, but he is no longer with us and is not here to defend himself.) I was practically disowned. Hal’s and Mom’s first political “discussion” almost came to blows. Not good. Today, after only 18 years, they are great buddies. Surprisingly, they find they have many things in common. Just not everything.** Yet.
**For example, Mom says “Plants and animals died to make room for your fat ass” like it’s a bad thing. Hal says that’s why they exist.
Welcome to your new home in Costa Rica, Mom! Looking forward to meeting you…perhaps, NOW they will have that party Saratica has been promising. We share same mindset w/ re: to animals (esp. dogs) vs people. Well, all dogs and some people.
Glad your Ma made it in okay after all the cancellations, layovers, etc. Can’t wait to hear of her impressions of CR now she’s there at last. If she’s, as you put it, ‘gonna be cookin’ up a storm’ before long, I will be especially interested in hearing her impressions of the féria and all the strange new fruits and veggies for sale there. (And I have a great recipe for Cream of Leftovers that I can share). Cheers!
Pablo de Tampa
PS- How’d ‘Strawberries’ do?
Did your Mom try making the liver dog bisquit recipe? My dogs now go to the frig everytime I open the door because that’s where their treats are stored.
They are still fighting though. Three against Macha the other day. No stitches needed this time. Macha has become a full-time housedog, always at my feet.
When are we going to read some posts from Mom?