Thanksgiving is not normally celebrated in my country, the Philippines. But recently, maybe because of the internet and various social networking sites, the practice of celebrating an actual day for giving thanks is kinda getting on. I mean, why the hell shouldn't it? Certainly, we must have something to be thankful for in our lives no matter how big or small it may be. There is also no Thanksgiving holiday in Manila but in our home, we cook something a little more special for Thanksgiving. Last year's was Roasted Cornish Hens and Fried Mac and Cheese and my Fudge Brownies. This year, I wasn't even home as I was with my family in Philadelphia where we feasted on an American-Vietnamese spread. The shrimp dish in this lunchbox came from a recipe from that menu which I promised to make for him.
Speaking of giving thanks, my boy and I get into this talk every time he rants or complains about mundane things such as a game not loading fast enough, the internet being too slow, some game he played not being entertaining enough, his team mates in Warcraft or whatever on earth it is called ganged up on him, etc. etc. I'm telling you, if there's a ranting contest out there, I'm going to be first in line to register my boy because I am sure that we will win. Times like these, I reply by listing down all the blessings he has received in the year alone and I get this look--this "you're making me feel bad about myself" look like I had to make him feel guilty because he's so blessed. Which is so beside the point. I don't know what to do. Maybe being thankful for a life such as his is a view beyond the grasp of a 13 year-old boy (he's turning 14 this weekend). I mean he is thankful on a daily basis for the food I make for him and for little things.***sighs***
I'm telling you, the most difficult thing to become is not becoming a doctor, or a lawyer, or a rocket scientist. The most difficult thing to become is becoming a parent. It is of course the most fulfilling too, but dang...It's tough! Now let me rant about that...
Today's lunchbox: Crispy Fried Shrimp with Onions and Peppers (I have no name for this, can you see?), Steamed Rice