You never really think it will happen to you. It’s usually something you hear your Dad say to your Mom, just to irk her: “You’re turning into your mother.” People warn you about it. But it’s one of those things that you don’t even really understand until it happens to you. I really never thought it would happen to me– I (still) think, in a lot of ways, that I am much more like my Dad. And sure, it can be pretty scary at times…because turning into your Mother creeps into your life without you ever knowing it. Why do I buy Gold Medal Flour and use Tide laundry detergent? Because my Mom always did. And she does it because her Mom always did. No need to fix what isn’t broken.
Ever since I can remember, my Mom has used these Orange Tupperware Servialier Canisters to keep her flour, sugar, brown sugar, and coffee in. They aren’t even kept in sight, just in a cabinet that’s handy. In the last few years, those canisters have really gotten to bug me. They’re so ugly. So orange. Yeah, they work fine, but they’re older than I am (at least 24 years old!) I suggested to my Mom, “don’t you just want to update?” She answered “No. They work just fine, who cares how they look.” Whenever I’m home, I inevitably get put to work in the kitchen. So I often have the opportunity to complain about them or to ask her to reconsider her position on keeping those Carrot-orange ugly pieces of plastic. But they’re still there.
Fast forward to February of this year. I moved to San Antonio to start my career. My first time to living alone, first real, big-girl apartment. Cooking has become really soothing to me, a good way to pass the evenings since I moved to a city where I don’t know a soul. It’s sort of a pain to keep the sugar bag from getting sticky, and making sure the zip lock on the flour bag is resealed. You know what would be good? Some nice looking, not overly expensive, airtight canisters to store my flour and such in. Oh yeah, and they can not be ugly!
I see some Tupperware in a kiosk in the mall and make a mental note to myself to check eBay to see what kind of deals could be found on some sleek new tupperware canisters. I’m really into green right now, so I make sure to put in “green” in the search terms. Results come up: the first thing that appears are some adorable apple-green canisters—JUST LIKE MY MOTHER’S! After the ups and downs of bidding, losing and then finally winning them, I then had to work up the nerve to move the foot-in-my-mouth aside enough to admit to my mom what I had done. Which I finally did, at Easter, and she even had enough reserve to not say “I told you so!”
Whether its tupperware canisters, hobbies, or habits — sometimes it is wonderful to have a little bit of your mom with you everyday, especially if she’s not just a mile down the road anymore. So now, anytime that I am making cookies or stirring up gravy for a pot roast, I’ll always remember how it’s OK to turn into your mother – because mother always knows best.
(At right: the canister lovin’ duo at Katie’s college graduation.)
Cosmetics connoisseur, France fanatic, great gal; this post was brought to you by wht member Katie.