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0 posted 08-23-2005 09:18 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

It just came to my attention today (which means I finally thought to ask ) that my fifteen year old son (who loves potatoes) has never actually peeled one.


So...is he spoiled?
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1 posted 08-23-2005 09:27 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

No... not spoiled. My son is 16 and has never done that because his mother refuses to allow him near the kitchen...

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2 posted 08-23-2005 09:46 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

He's probably not spoiled. But he may be ill equipped to become a bachelor!

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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3 posted 08-23-2005 09:59 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

the male of the species usually doesn't start to spoil until 18.  Just keep him in a cool dry place and turn occasionally.
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4 posted 08-23-2005 10:06 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

grin...

interesting tho, that thus far only men have replied, and ya'll seem to agree on the "not spoiled" thang...

But man, we are nearing the "what-about-me?" stage of motherhood.

Been peeling potatoes since I was four yanno, and under the direction of my Dad, too, who would "direct" me-- telling me when I had more "tater than skin" on my knife. (He confessed later, that he didn't learn until the military...KP!!! *chuckle*)

sigh

But I do confess it was my father, not my mother, who taught me how to peel, in one long sweep of the knife too. Curly tater skins...

and came back to grin at Tim. Turn him occasionally?

Can't I just put him on a spit? *innocent teeth clenched*  

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I have a rotato rooter... It peels a tater in a few seconds flat - guaranteed - Just ask Mysteria - She'll vouch for me.  She gave it to me when I told her I don't like to peel...
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6 posted 08-23-2005 10:14 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I'm trying to figure out when my brother had to "learn" to do things.

Oh yeah.

When he DEMANDED to be fed, have his clothes ironed, or washed, etc.

I guess Mom thought if he couldn't wait for the women to do it - he could learn how to do it himself...
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7 posted 08-23-2005 10:15 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Nodding at Nan.

It would take a gadget to get this kid to peel his own...

Good Idea!
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8 posted 08-23-2005 10:17 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

and ooops, Sunshine?

I am nodding frowning, as I think, maybe I'm doing the boy a disservice.

He should not only know how to peel, boil, and prepare potatoes, but know how to grow 'em too.

But then, wince, I have this fear of him taking a liking to hoes.

(I didn't type that. )

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Karen...the other thing is....the potato skin is the most nutrious part.  Let him eat it..eh?  Heck, with a lot of butter and salt, I even like it.
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10 posted 08-23-2005 11:02 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Well girlfriend, I gotta talk...

My mom had all three of us boys in the kitchen when we turned twelve baking bread from scratch. When I hit high school I became a baker in the cafeteria and loved it.

As for my children, they both hit the kitchen at the age of ten. We made Missouri Mix and hung a shade in the kitchen window with all the recipes they said they liked written on it. (cookies, cakes, pizza etc.) Wound right up out of sight when not in use. And when we came home exhausted and didn't feel like cooking and they complained about being hungry, sound familiar? We said pull down the shade and make it yourself.

P.S. My son has made a great bachelor. Good thing we prepped him, eh?


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11 posted 08-23-2005 11:09 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

I've been cooking since I was very young, since my mom worked after I started school, I had to. I still suck at peeling, however! :P But at least I can do it (basically).

I've seen people here at university who can't do anything for themselves.. no laundry skills, cooking skills, so they learn to do it or starve/go with dirty clothes. I love watching the process.

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Peel a potato? WHY?

Wash it, boil, bake or fry it, then make sure you use plenty of gravy, butter or catsup to give it at least a mask of flavor, and you're good to go. I figure if God didn't want me to eat that thar peelin', He wouldn't 'a put it there!

(And before anyone asks, no, I don't eat coconuts. )
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13 posted 08-24-2005 07:38 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Right. He just bangs to halves together while pretending to ride a horse.

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Ron's got a point.  I rarely peel potatoes anymore.  Even in potato salad, I keep the skins on.

But as for knowing how to get it from raw to cooked?  Yes, I agree - he should know how by now.

I know my husband, as an only child, was learning to cook at a pretty young age, WAY back when. And he's dang good in the kitchen, too. He claims he knows how to do everything else, too: laundry, sewing, ironing...etc.  But you don't see him doing that much.  LOL...

probably because I'm persnikkity in that area and like to see it done RIGHT.

Start him on the basics...

Simple meals, mac & cheese [not the microwave kind]; have him hard boil AND soft boil some eggs [timing lessons] and have fun with this new area of the rest of his life!
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15 posted 08-24-2005 09:08 AM       View Profile for bslicker   Email bslicker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bslicker

Believe me at the age of 16, potatoes is not what to worry about that he does know how to peel...  That he'll figure out when he needs 2.  Now for the rest of the 16 year old things to make sure he remembers and is thought about.. well would have to take into MC if I keep going

Just remember we were all 16 once, and a lot more as happen since, and I still haven't figured it out but they know everything.


He'll be fine.
I agree not spoiled

bernie


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I don't believe that most kids today actually know WHAT a potato IS?  *laughing*  
(all the fast food today, you know?  It's awful)

So he is way ahead of the game, K.
Just a different society, is all.

Now I will have Billy peeling them in some manic craze of mine, LOL.

No, not spoiled.  He just needs to learn how to peel potatoes.  That's all.  
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17 posted 08-24-2005 11:58 AM       View Profile for Cloud 9   Email Cloud 9   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cloud 9

Just putting in two cents or so...

karen-
completely understanding this. Not long ago I started my son doing more chores and helping out around the house. I was making fried potatos for dinner and he got out the peeler and started peeling. I was surprised and asked how he learned and he said..."just watching you." .....cool. He is 12. LOL He did the dishes one day and I thought "OMG, he didn't rinse them or left stuff on them" but to my suprise he did great. He said (again), I just watch how you wash dishes and decided to do them myself. LOVE IT..

So back to your question, I don't think he is spoiled at all. Pretty much agree with what few people are saying here. He is learning from you mom.
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18 posted 08-24-2005 12:58 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I figure if he wants a potatoe peeled eventually he will peel it right?  Then again, he could go through a lot of gravy like Ron.

Having said that, and produced a son I am very proud of, here's my take on this.  I had him try to do absolutely everthing from ironing, cooking, and yes, peeling potatoes.  I figured best he get used to those skills he would need to survive in this world, if on his own.  It was a darn good thing too, as his wife doesn't peel potatoes or cook!      

He's not spoiled Karen.  I bet if you ask him if he knows how he will say, "Well duh yeah!"         That is then your cue to hand over the peeler for the next 5 years, see how this works?  Psychology ma dear witch, psychology.
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19 posted 08-24-2005 01:51 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

Ali- You keep that up, and Ron is likely to read to you from the Book of Armaments Chapter 2: Verses 9-21

"... And St. Atilla raised his hand grenade up on high saying, "O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy..."

Mysteria- I might have to try taht with my son on a few matters...Like his laundry.

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Probably not spoiled, just cared for,loved. Though teaching him things sooner than later will help him and you to no end, because i'm nodding with Lovebug.

When i went away to live in Halls of Residence at University last september, I was frightened to find a girl whom i lived with and had come to love asked me to peel her sweet potatoes, because she couldn't/didn't know how.

She was 18 and had NEVER peeled a potato. Spoiled, weird, both? But i helped her, of course. You'll be pleased to know she is much better at it now.

And my favourite ever moment was upon starting her new diet, she had obviously had soft boiled eggs before, (with soldiers, yummmmm ) but not hard boiled. And she asked me with the straightest face and scarily in all seriousness "how long do you have to boil it if you want it hard? about an hour?"

I was washing up and nearly peed myself laughing at the sink. The boys in the house were just as bad sometimes, though they did only live on microwave chips, fries to you. (eugh) and supernoodles. so had no cause to ask many funny questions. except when it came to washing, ironing, that it is infact normal to wash your bedsheets once in a while!!!

So please, teach him at least before he leaves home, to save him from ridicule. There are other cruel girls out there like me who will not be able to keep a straight face.

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21 posted 08-24-2005 07:23 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Now gemma, I am more interested in "soft boiled eggs (with soldiers)"?

These soldiers? Are they on active duty?

Do they make house calls?

Will they bring their big guns?

gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

somebody spoil me!

*wink*

and

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Are Supernoodles another name for Ramen Noodles? Many people have lived on Ramen, including myself. You'd think I'd get sick of them, but I never have.

Thank you, Mr. Ramen Noodle Man, for keeping the college generation alive.

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23 posted 08-24-2005 07:50 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

OH.

I have just been informed that the "soldier" gemma spoke of is, um, toast.

Apparently, as am I.

sheesh

mea culpa gemma
 
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