Happy holidays to us!May 20, 2008
Most of you aren’t aware of this, but May is National Crowther Month. It’s a period into which we Crowthers pack about half of our significant family holidays.
It all starts with my sister’s birthday on Cinco de Mayo. Then come Mother’s Day, my birthday, my mom’s birthday, and my parents’ anniversary. We make lots of phone calls during this time, most of which conclude with, “OK, talk to you again soon….”
Because these occasions arrive in such rapid succession, I don’t always give each one the full attention it deserves. Last year, for example, I dutifully called my mom on Mother’s Day but neglected to do anything for Liz.
I invoked the classic defense of insensitive husbands everywhere: “Well, you’re not MY mother…” But I probably should have known that seven-month-old Phil would need some help in procuring a present.
This year I did somewhat better: I bought Liz The Runner’s Cookbook. To my credit, I didn’t follow the gift-giving with a declaration of my hunger and a request that she start using the book immediately; on the contrary, I let her pick out some recipes that I would make. First up in the queue: Sloppy Joes and Baked Sweet Potato Fries, as contributed by Carrie Messner Vickers.
As for my birthday, I celebrated with a victory at the Cougar Mountain 5-Mile Trail Race and, later, dinner at the Old Country Buffet. Liz was surprised that I didn’t choose a fancier restaurant — you know, one with waiters and cloth napkins and such. But, as a picky eater, I’m tired of trying to tweak standard entrees to suit my tastes, like Meg Ryan’s character in When Harry Met Sally. I’d much rather walk up to a spread of food, find what I want, and grab it!