spaghetti

The IKEA Milestone

There are many different phases in the development of children from baby (completely dependent) to adult (hopefully independent). And as they near closer to that jumping off point into self-reliance, I think the benchmarks sometimes transition to becoming our own milestones.

Case in point, this past month my husband and I loaded up a rental truck and headed to Ft. Worth to transfer our college junior into a rental home that he is sharing with 5 other TCU students. I remember making this same trip six years ago with our daughter as she moved into a house two blocks from campus with 3 other girls. (Incidentally, all 4 housemates of “Casa Wabasha” are now MARRIED! How did that happen? Where did the time go?) And then, as in this summer, we moved a bed and several lovely boxes purchased from that mega-store, IKEA.

Sidebar: What is it with millennials and IKEA? I recently viewed a pre-showing of Reese Witherspoon’s new movie “Home Again” and one young man, in an attempt at seduction, offered to construct something from IKEA. Lol.

Back to the subject at hand…three boxes, three hours and three people to put together a six-drawer dresser for my son’s room! I am not exaggerating. When we finished, my son was thrilled. His room was complete and represents a safe, solitary haven to escape to from the stresses of upper level courses, internship applications and an ex-girlfriend. So I  consider the building of IKEA furniture a milestone in our continued advancement of moving him along the path to adulthood. Cross another one off the list. Had to do it. It’s done. Move on. No tears associated with this objective.

But two weeks later, when he texted me a picture of his first home-cooked meal made in the rental house kitchen, I felt a little more sentimental. He had requested I send him a few simple staple recipes and I recently came across an idea whereby you save these go-to recipes as contacts on your phone. Perfect for young people whose lives are on their smart phones; if they are at the grocery store, they have only to search for the recipe name in their contact list and they have the ingredients list in front of them! So he made spaghetti for himself. My baby made his first meal away from home AND it was not only edible, but delicious! I’m so proud. And a little sad…that he is one step closer to not needing me anymore. :(

james' first self-prepared meal as a college student

james' first self-prepared meal as a college student

Purple's not really my color...

chocolate peanut butter stacks pie
So my youngest finally made his college decision – he’ll be putting on his ropers and boot-scootin’ it over to Ft. Worth to join the TCU Horned Frog family!  We are very happy for him and know the school is a good fit.  His sister had a great time (maybe a little too much fun?) there and he has always felt the tug (sibling pressure?) to don the purple himself.  Admittedly, I am happy he will be just 45 minutes away.  Honestly, my biggest emotion this week is relief! With the decision made, it’s just one more thing off the ever growing list of things to accomplish over the coming 6 months.  Up next for this guy: register for classes, attend Frog Camp, sign up for rush, find a dormmate. For me: plan a graduation party, book a summer vacation, find a mother-of-the-bride dress, pack my son off for college, make some more wedding decisions, secure lodging for our family at this ever-growing destination wedding, not have a nervous breakdown.  Wish I could trade lists with him…

This week’s menu features all of my son’s favorites. Of all of my pot pies, the Beef Pot Roast is his absolute choice—I need to make him one this week. He has been a pasta boy since the very beginning and he LOVES meatballs. Caesar salad was the first green salad he enjoyed, thanks in part to the croutons! When we go out to eat, if he feels like soup, it’s always, always French Onion. And the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is the one dessert he will hide from his siblings when they are home for holidays…and he’s not usually a selfish guy!  Hope you find something on the menu to make your favorite.  Have a great week! 2015 Menu for Apr 27