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Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)
TITLE: Pot Roast and First Impressions
By Nancy Quinn
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The steady hum of the plane soothed my nerves a little. Stowed safety in the cargo area underneath us was a bulging suitcase; my indecision had quickly filled the nylon bag. The tiny window soon framed the exciting scenes of New York. I was quickly overwhelmed with the sights of steel and concrete, and then caught my breath as a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty came into view. The plane bounced hard on the tarmac and Jeff patted my hand. Looking down, I realized my knuckles were white as they gripped the arm rest, so I slowly released my hold. I stood up behind Jeff and we patiently waited to enter the aisle to leave the crowded plane.
I grabbed Jeff’s arm as the sudden wall of people began to rush by us through the terminal. We slowly made our way to the luggage area and Jeff began waving. I peeked around his arm. “Hmm, they look normal.” Relieved, I had expected people from the city to all be dressed expensively and not have a hair out of place. After hugs and greetings, the car soon took us to the entrance of the on-ramp. I was getting good at the white-knuckled grip; the traffic awed me that no one was getting into accidents.
Jeff’s mom talked a mile a minute and commented that she was making Jeff’s favorite pot roast meal that night. “All he talks about is your pot roast and thick gravy; I can’t wait to taste it too!” I assured her.
We soon pulled up to the sidewalk at the line of row homes in Brooklyn. The cozy apartment welcomed us with the scent of a home cooked pot roast. With the suitcases put away, I offered to help her with dinner. “Would you like to make the gravy?” She asked as she efficiently moved around the kitchen.
Suddenly panicked, all the memories of my attempts to make gravy with my mom came rushing back. My gravy either comes out lumpy or too thin. Of all things, she had to ask me to do the one thing I couldn’t do. I would look so bad in front of her. I can do mashed potatoes. Why didn’t she ask me to make the mashed potatoes? She’d think I wasn’t worthy of her son. My rambled thoughts were soon interrupted. “What?”
“Honey, I said here you go. Just put it in that small pot on the stove to heat it up.”
“Oh, Ok, thanks.” Suppressing a laugh, I turned the gravy packet over and read the instructions.
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