There comes a time in everyone's life when they experience the MOMENT.
Perhaps it is a monumental birthday, the sight of their children running around in circles at their feet, or the first time being called “ma'am” by a prepubescent sales clerk at the local hardware store...
I am, of course, referring to the time in one's life when the realization sets in that youth has vanished; adulthood, in all its antiquated glory, has set in.
For me this moment, this epiphany, came with a single glance at the side table next to the couch. Perched atop was a magazine- but it wasn't Cosmo. It wasn't Glamour. The magazine wasn't even People. It was Ladies Home Journal. And I had been reading it.
Now, it should be stated that I didn't purchase the publication, nor do I have a secret subscription. I actually “inherited” the magazine from my grandmother-in-law, and it was one of many titles that were stacked in an enormous pile that she handed me last week. Now, I know why the digest made it into my house (not my fault), but I had picked it up and read it (completely my fault).
I've known for a while that I was a grown-up: husband, kid, mortgage, etc. I just always thought of myself as a “young” adult, but, alas, that ship has sailed. I might as well start using the phrase “When I was your age...” to any youngsters that I converse with.
So, the recipes I'm using this week come from another “adult-like” publication: Real Simple Magazine.
The article is called “Your Four-Week Dinner Plan.” We'll see how it goes.
In the meantime, stay young!