We were back in Chinatown this weekend, just because there are good things to eat there and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s hard to say no when all you have to do is hand over a couple of bucks to each vendor. You can basically just snack and eat your way through Mott and Canal Streets.
Mia tried being a vegetarian for 2 months and honestly, I’m surprised at her self restraint – not because I didn’t think she could do it, but because she used to go around saying that she was a meat-a-tarian. This kid loves eating meat, but she felt conflicted because she also really loves animals. I could see her struggling with this ethical dilemma, but she didn’t waver even though I could see her fighting temptation. To support her, we ate vegetarian for 2 months as well, which wasn’t hard to do considering Mark and I were vegetarians for so long, but we did have a bit of a challenge cooking for Miss C who is a pickier eater and doesn’t like beans, quinoa or tofu. So how do you provide enough protein for your family when one kid decides to give up meat while the other recently discovers that she does in fact like it? Most people don’t have the time to cook 2 different dinners. But one day last week Mia announced that she was going to stop being a vegetarian. I was as surprised about this bit of news as her announcement to give it up. But it’s cool; I support and commend her efforts. To mark the occasion, we went to go get dimsum at her favorite place with carts.
Mark’s been working most every Saturday and Sunday at the Brooklyn Flea and will be there all month long, so it’s just us girls in the house, kind of like old times when Mark was still a chef at the restaurant. There were no weekends off back then, ever. It’s much easier now than when the girls were babies, but even we’re growing tired of winter hibernation and we’re such big homebodies. Spring feels nowhere around the corner, not this March. Mark sometimes takes one or both of the girls to the Flea with him, usually Mia. I have no idea what she does there for 8-9 hours, but she packs an activity bag which usually consists of a notebook, an e-reader, some toy of some kind, and the ipad. Two weekends ago, however, she manned the table by herself and sold cookies to 2 customers and handed back change when Mark took a break to go get some food and use the restroom. She was really excited to do this. Makes me realize how long ago our first Flea was 7 years ago when the kids were both toddlers and look, now she’s making transactions. I mean that’s crazy, right?
I guess I forgot how big a deal it is to do something as simple as go up to the register to buy something on your own when you’re that age. Makes you feel real big, and powerful too I bet, holding that bit of cash in your pocket. I’ve been letting her make purchases sometimes when we’re out shopping together, though the last time when we were at City Bakery a funny thing happened. I gave her a five to go up to the counter and buy a muffin and saw that she kept getting passed over in a line of customers by the shop people. After a few minutes I went up there and told one of the people behind the counter that my daughter had been waiting in line for awhile, but wasn’t being helped. They apologized because they had both assumed she belonged to the couples that were standing in line on either side of her, an Asian couple on one side and a Caucasian couple on the other. My kid…ethnically vague…can fit right in with any family…ha.