Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mommy's Little Apprentice Cook

Of late, whenever Mommy is busy at the kitchen preparing meals for the family, Juan Or would come and busybody around help out. So far, Mommy only allows Juan Or to do simple tasks like hoarding the vege out of the soaking water, and washing those small bowls or spoons used during the cooking process but does not require soap. And, yeah, he did the washing, but his washing seems to take forever to finish. Why? Because he also plays with water! ^_^ Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

So far, other things that Juan Or has helped Mommy are peeling the skin of the stalk of the sweet potato leaves, plucking out the leaves of 'kou chye' (bitter vege) for Mommy to cook soup and pounding the shallot-garlic-dried chillies mixture in the mortar. However, Juan Or is still not able to stay on long doing the tasks, at most is only for about 15 to 20 minutes, then off he goes to play with his toys or disturb Papa! As for the pounding job, he could only manage less than 10 times of continuous pounding because the pestel is too heavy for him.

There was once too when Mommy was chopping the shallots and Juan Or came over to ask to help but Mommy only allowed him to see and not do. At that time, Mommy's eyes already became watery. So when he came near to see the chopping, his eyes went watery too and he gave Mommy the kind of look like as if he doesn't know and cannot understand what's happening to him! Poor boy!

This morning, as Mommy was sending him to the babysitter's house before heading off to office, Juan Or looked at Mommy with a thoughtful look and said,"Ai (Want) help Mama housework!"

At this point of writing and thinking back about Juan Or's eagerness to help with the cooking, Mommy feels guilty for scolding him (ferociously) when he started playing with water as he does the washing, more so when Mommy is rushing for time to finish cooking. Mommy is glad however that Mommy's scolding still does not hamper his eagerness to help Mommy! 

"Hugs from Mommy to Juan Or. Forgive Mommy for being so harsh on you even though you have been so eager to lend Mommy a helping hand."


mNhL said...

he is such a good little helper. Dun scold him in the future..... he is trying to do his best to help (plus some playing) hehe...

Alice Phua said...

mNhL, yes, I'll have to remind myself to keep my cool during such -rushing-to-cook times vs. his effort to help.

Sheoh Yan said...

When i am rushing, i will ban them from disturbing me too. Just to explain to Juan Or, if you feel bad for scolding him.

reanaclaire said...

hey, he looks rather serious.. that shows he is not playing a fool here.. good training, Alice!

yvonne said...

I wouldn't allow my son to be near the sink whenever I cook. Reason? He would be playing with water, rather than to help me out.

But when I'm superb busy and he's throwing tantrum, I put him at the sink :) (with supervision, of course!) That would keep him quiet for some time.

Scold, lecture, cane or whatever you do, don't leave the explanation out.

Alice Law said...

Hehe, a wonderful husband in the making!^^

Alice Phua said...

Sheoh Yan, thanks, I'm glad I'm not the only mum who doesn't want the child to 'disturb' me in the kitchen when I'm rushing. :-)

Reanaclaire, thanks! I hope this training will make him a son who knows how to and when to help out even without being asked or told.

Yvonne, hahaha....both our sons love to play with water! Thnaks for the advice. :-)

Alice Law, LOL, I hope he will grow up to be the kind of husband who knows how to help out without having to be told/asked....see already terus know how/what to do! ^_^