can be one of the most difficult, demanding and thankless jobs.
Fortunately, it has its wonderful moments.
Lately, DD#1 and I have been enjoying watching previous seasons of No Reservations together. Sometimes its appropriateness for kids is debatable, but hey, that's how we roll around here. I think it's a good exposure to a lot of different places and cultures, the occasional swear word and incessant chain-smoking aside.
In the episode we were watching the other day, professional chef/author/traveler/television personality Anthony Bourdain was allowed use of a hotel restaurant kitchen in Beirut to prepare a meal for his TV crew. There was Tony onscreen: selecting ingredients, cutting meat, smacking garlic cloves and removing their skins before mincing them finely with practiced ease.
DD#1 watched with interest as he chopped, sliced, stirred and cooked with the confidence, speed and efficiency of the professional chef. Then she turned to me, and in an amazed tone, said, "Wow, Mommy--he's almost as good as you!!"
Yeah, I can't lie--that made my day!