Life as a Mom is ever changing.  Emily went off on her summer journey and was beyond miserable.  As a rule, I am pretty tough.  Stick it out and make the most of it, this will be a learning experience, etc.  Those are the words that came out of my mouth.  But, she is 14 and not 10 and it is different.  I knew the minute I dropped her off at the airport that this was not going to be good.  Just a gut.  Unfortunately, in many ways, my honesty with the program and what our needs were was not what I got back in return.  Alas, lesson learned.  We have quickly changed gear.  Em will be a CIT this summer for a local camp that Josh went to for many years and do some intensive art classes and the obvious, read a lot of books.   

Last night we went to see Ratatouille.  Since we are foodies and the movie got such great reviews, we figured, why not.  Funny enough, the majority of the audience was not kids but adults without any kids in tow which we got a kick out of.  We sat down to see the film and in walks Ina Garten.  Ina Garden is the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network Channel.  She is a local of East Hampton.  Not only is she incredibly successful and the anti-Martha but a really self made woman, Emily and Jessica adore her.  They could be her biggest fans.  They watch her daily on the food channel.  I think Ina is the best on the food channel too.  Her recipes are simple, her show is easy to watch and her recipes are basic and delicious.  So when Ina walked in to our theater to see Ratatouille (so fitting), Emily couldn’t have been more ecstatic.  She immediately sent Jessica a text message in Italy which we got a reply to this morning where she basically said for 4 sentences, OMG, OMG, OMG. 

Ina comes in with her friend and they choose to sit next to us, literally sits next to Emily.  I introduced us and told her what a huge fan Emily and her sister was.  She shook our hands and thanked us.  I was almost tempted to ask Ina if we could come by and watch her cook and tape.  We love Ina.  But, so not appropriate.  Nice to say we love you but that is it.  Knowing people in that world, I see how they are accosted and there is a right way and a wrong way.  Nice to get a compliment but don’t invade their space. 

Now lets get to the movie.  It was cute, well done and a very foodie type film.  Completely rags on critics.  Shows that everyone can cook.  Very clever.  I wish my nieces were in town, ages 7 and 5, because I think it would have been much more fun to see it with them.  Regardless, seeing Ina might have been a highlight of the summer, at least for Emily. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. ellen

    I am sorry Emily( my mother’s name) did not like snow boarding camp. When you mentioned it, I thought that maybe when my grandchildren get a bit older it might be fun. Was there anything in particular she did not like? I know she is excellent at sports. I saw the snowboarding commercial with that snowboarding boy and even mentioned to my husband that she was at that type of camp and when the boys are older that it might be fun for them.

  2. Brad Feld

    I saw Ratatouille on Sunday night up in Keystone. Similar scene – mostly adults / relatively few kids. We loved it. I went with three other guys so I doubt we would have recognized a food channel star if she threw tomatoes at us, but we had a blast.