For the first time in a week, there were three of us at the dinner table last night. Progress!
Oh my. It's been a crazy eight days. Crazy, like in The Little House on the Prairie when they all have Malaria (or what they called "fever and ague") and are unable to do anything besides moan in misery in bed beside each other. (Does anyone know what I'm talking about?) It felt like that. Sure, it was the flu and not Malaria. And yeah, so we had electricity and all that. And we never actually feared for our lives. So maybe it was nothing like Little House at all. But six of us all sick at once? It was indeed epic in it's own way, I tell you. Epic.
When my appetite returned, it returned in the middle of the night with a holler for chicken stew. Chicken stew with lemons and ginger. So I made some (and liked it) and had every intention of sharing my recipe with you here today. It was all written up and ready to go....until this morning when I mentioned that intent to the boys. They gave each other a sideways glance.
"What?!!" I asked.
"Nothing!" they replied and giggled knowingly to each other.
Turns out they didn't like my chicken stew. (It also means that someone has actually been hearing me when I plead with them, "Please don't say 'yuck' when dinner is on the table." Who knew they were listening to me?) And since there were only three of us at dinner, two of whom give it a thumbs down, I'll give this stew a few more rounds before I send the recipe out of our house (I loved it!).
Instead, I'll tell you the one remedy we did all agree on: Tap Dancing. Singing in the Rain, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly (on rollerskates!), and on and on. (Because oh yes, the TV made it out of the closet this week.) Really, you just can't help but feel a little bit better after watching those guys dance. I think when this thing finally clears, my boys have grand plans of taking their tap-dancing show on the road. And I think there are two pair of tap shoes buried deep in the dress up basket that will fit them just right. Just as soon as this headache clears, I'll look...