Mothers Day Gift
For a person whose celebrated Mother´s Day in May during 40 years in Colombia and other countries, a date change could be quite different. At 40 our family moved to Panama, where Mother´s day is celebrated the 8th of December. Now my previous Mother´s Day celebration is coming up and I will meet two of my children overseas to celebrate the date. It is odd because the date has lost some importance with myself. For some years we celebrated both dates, during Panamanian Mother´s day we would go out for lunch as many expat families did, and I got a gift, but in the middle of the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle it didn´t feel like we were celebrating Mother´s Day. There was no one to call from my family and no one called because it was not our date to celebrate. Then came May, our real Mother´s Day celebration. For many years the family got into it, made super special cooking celebrations at home and it was great.
Now more than 10 years have passed celebrating both dates and it has become somewhat blurred in our mind, which is the real Mother´s Day and how should we really celebrate each date. One great thing was that I was getting two gifts each year for the occasion, but it seemed unfair, then lost some light. Now I am flying out to see two of my girls for the date and it feels like it is going to be Mother´s Day again, not only because everyone is celebrating it, the stores send emails, the streets will be decorated and there will be some party going on around us, but because I feel it too. I am so excited to be able to celebrate it in a country that keeps our same Mother´s Day date. I have been online in all the cooking store´s pages and can´t wait to order my own gift. There is always something I give myself, and it has always ben some kitchen gadget.
This year´s Mothers Day gift from me to me will be a vacuum sealer. After studying food science for four years, working at my mother´s bakery since I was a teen, the first machine I convinced her we needed was a Vacuum Packaging Machine. This is in 1983. You can imagine it was a very expensive deal, the bags were an issue, but I was decided we wanted it. Now, I can have a good one, that can pack liquids, and is semi professional for my self and I am soooooo excited. I can´t wait to order it with 1,000 bags!!!!
I have many uses for it other than saving foods in my freezer. As you might have read from my blog, web site, twitter etc., I go fishing and to the beach all the time. Here in Panama the Pacific Ocean is on my window, and at eyesight the moment I open my eyes. It is the one thing my husband and I share with enormous excitement; fishing, Bijao beach club and residences and the beautiful Pearl Islands. So, now I will pack all the pre prepped foods I take -usually in squared containers- with my new vacuum sealer. This way I will not only save a ton of space in my cooler, but I will never have to bring the containers back home. I also can take them in a cooler bag, which is much easier to carry and bring back. Also, the space in my refrigerator, both in the boat and in the small beach house will be forever large… next article will be on how to recycle there…
So, here is my Mother´s Day story for all of you cooks and foodies like me…