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"Shouldn't YOU challenge yourself, Mom?"

The boys' school is hosting a Fall community building event this month. Being an international school, it has an international component. They have invited families to host a table, providing food and something educational, from another country. Any country. Any culture.

So, with a long line of countries' cuisines behind us, I was toying with all sorts of ideas - pomegranate meatballs from Azerbijan, lion's head meatballs from China, apricot soup from Denmark. Then, my 10-year-old totally called me out. The conversation went something like this...

"Mom, you know how you're always talking to us about challenging ourselves, stretching, and learning something new. You say that we should try something a little bit more difficult for us."


Sure. I do say that. Gawd, I should have seen where the conversation was going, but I didn't.

"Okay, so shouldn't you challenge yourself?"

Oh, no. Here we go. What do you have in mind?

"I think we should do the Philippines!"

Really?!?

"I mean, that would be challenging...for you. Especially since you don't usually relate to that culture. Even though the Nonni are from there."

True enough.

So, I clicked on the link to the google doc and typed, under the culture column, the Philippines. Done deal.

Now I just need to figure out what the heck we're cooking!

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