Thursday, January 21, 2021


My mom does it again... 🤦‍♂️

My mom has a problem. She can’t seem to let go and stop babying us. I appreciate the things she does for us but sometimes it’s a bit too much. Overwhelming. Smothering. It’s been a work in progress, and she has gotten better, but she still does things that make me say, “What are you doing?!” 

Every weekend we go to my parent’s house for dinner. When the boys were younger, she would spoon feed them. The problem was that it continued beyond their baby years, when they were very much capable of feeding themselves. It took an intervention, i.e. me lecturing her, for it to stop. 

Nowadays when we come over, you might find Mandarin oranges already peeled (so easy a 5 year old could do it) or Navel oranges with not only the skin peeled off, but the inner translucent, edible skin around each orange segment already peeled, exposing pure pulp. 

Everything she does is for the kids. 

Last week we came over and was surprised to see a pizza. Oh, that’s different from the expected Vietnamese dinner. 

“Mẹ mua cho may em,” she said. (I bought it for the kids.) 

But the kids ended up eating Vietnamese food instead so we took the pizza home. 

When they did finally want the pizza, it looked rather odd. But why? It took awhile until we realized...

Is there something missing?
The outer crust was completely cut off! 


My guess is that she assumed the kids wouldn’t eat the crust so she preemptively cut it off… but that’s so bizarre. Besides, you need that outer crust to use as a handle/grip or else your fingers touch cheese and sauce, getting them extra greasy. 

It’s the equivalent of a parent cutting the crust off of their kid’s PB&J sandwich… only 100 times more weird. 

My mom needs another intervention.

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