Pumpkin Tacos — Not a recipe post.

Tonight I had a breakdown over taco meat.  I wish that were a metaphor for something grand and meaningful like poverty or hunger or world peace.

But, no, it was over taco meat.  Actual taco meat.

It’s possible I’m losing it.  It’s also possible I’ve consumed more than my share of tequila today.

Do you ever have days like this, where the most trivial thing can set you off?

Virginia Slims Man’s family is in town for Thanksgiving.  In preparation for their visit I made a ton of taco meat last week and froze it so that I would have stuff ready to go for meals.

I felt good about myself and my proactiveness, which is very much the opposite of my normal fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-ness.

We sat down to eat tacos tonight and The Good One said, “Why does this taste like pumpkin?”  And with that one sentence I wanted to rip The Good One’s teeth and tongue out of his mouth, wrap his teeth up in his tongue to make a tooth burrito and then shove that dentition-filled burrito so far down his throat that he could feel it in his shoes.

The Good One’s passive-aggressiveness is infuriating.

“Mom, why is my toast so brown?”

“Because I woke up this morning and thought it would be fun to make you burnt toast for breakfast.”

“Mom, why is there so much butter on my waffle?”

“Because I’m trying my darndest to give you coronary artery disease.”

“Mom, why is my sandwich soggy?”

“Because I spritzed the bread with water just for fun.”

This is endless and it’s infuriating.  It’s possible it’s something other than passive-aggressiveness, but I’m too unsober to Google personality defects.

Sadly, it’s probably not much different from what I did to my mom when I was a kid.

I remember walking in the door from school and screaming downstairs into the laundry room where my mother would be folding one of the 4,000 loads of laundry she did that day, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”


“Aw, man. I hate meatloaf.”

Repeat that four times, one for each of my sisters, and you’ve just experienced the joy that was my mother’s life.  I honestly have no idea how my mother didn’t cook us for dinner.  I dream of cooking my children.

Kidding.  I’d never cook my children and I do not condone the cooking of children.  Don’t post a comment that I’m terrible and rude and cruel.  I would never cook my children.

I’d eat them raw.

I’m really cracking myself up tonight.  This is what happens when I type after drinking three margaritas.

Anyway, back to the tacos.

The Good One’s comment about the tacos tasting like pumpkin ticked me off to the point of tears.  So I sat at the dinner table, surrounded by my in-laws and cried into my hands that the hard work that I do to feed my family is completely and totally unappreciated.

Virginia Slims Man sat at the kitchen table and massaged my back and told me it was all good.

Then he took a bite of his taco, looked up at me with a look that said, “My, this is a very seasonally appropriate taco,” and I started crying all over again.

Call me nuts, but VSM’s appropriate reaction to tasting fall flavors in his tacos would have been to shovel those tacos down his gullet like they were the best damn tacos he had ever eaten.

I don’t know why my tacos tasted like pumpkin.  I drank my dinner tonight so I really have no idea what they tasted like.  They very well could have been pumpkiny.

My in-laws ate copious amounts of tacos tonight.  Most likely this was to avoid further emotional breakdowns and the possible consumption of Children Tartare for dinner tomorrow night.  (Last night in my inebriation, I had “Tartare” spelled Tar-Tar, because, well, that’s how it should be spelled.  I’m assuming the French are behind this ridiculous spelling.  Regardless, it is now spelled correctly.  I should know better than to drink and write at the same time.)

I do know that I would like to take a moment to apologize to my mother for every derogatory comment I ever made about all of her hard work in the kitchen.

Mom, you were an amazing cook (still are) and I apologize for every sigh, whine and sneer I ever directed at you regarding dinner.  I appreciate that you fed me every single day for 18 years.

I also appreciate that you didn’t cook me.

Or consume me raw.

9 thoughts on “Pumpkin Tacos — Not a recipe post.

  1. Sorry you had a bad night, but I totally understand where you’re coming from. You crack me up. I have 2 teens and a toddler and the teens run the spectrum from pickiest kids ever to eat everything in sight. “Do you need a shovel?” is something that we ask often at the table, but me feeling like crap at the table because they are whining about what I made happens just as often. It’s gotten a little better as they’ve gotten older (probably because they’re so hungry they’d eat cardboard) but sadly, my efforts go unappreciated a LOT. Sigh.

  2. If I had been there I would have just made us another margarita! Although I would have to fly David down to join us so that HE would make the margaritas! Love you Cuz!

  3. Oh, yes. I go off (or I can go off) about the slightest thing. I’m having that phase right now, which is a sure sign that mama needs a night off. Pray I get a sitter soon. And… I don’t understand. I ate EVERYTHING as a child (except for lima beans, and come on, lima beans are the worst). My mother will confirm this. My brother and sister were the picky ones. So why, oh why, won’t my children eat what I cook? I don’t understand it. I cook entire meals that only I eat. My two older ones are old enough to fend for themselves on these nights (and I don’t care if ‘fend for themselves’ means a butter sandwich) and the toddler will eat anything I feed him. (I know that won’t last forever; see his sisters for reference).

  4. Reminds me of one of my favorite Old Movie bits:

    Woman: Do you like children?
    WC Fields: I do if they’re properly cooked.

    The next time someone complains, you should embrace the Pumpkinness by topping off their taco with whipped cream.

  5. Because you’re in a mood where you might appreciate these

    Mommy, what happened to all the dog food Fido wouldn’t eat?
    Shut up and finish your meatloaf

    Mommy, why am I running in circles?
    Shut up or I’ll nail your other foot to the floor.

    Mommy, Daddy’s too tough.
    Shut up and keep chewing

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