Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday Stories: Goulash Girl

My father comes from good hearty German stock. Mom married into his family and had an entirely new cuisine to learn to make: spaetzle, pork with sauer kraut and goulash for starters. When I was a tot, Mom made goulash often. One day, she placed a plate of it on my tray for lunch. She busied herself in the kitchen while I ate, not paying really close attention to me. After a bit, she looked over at me and saw that all the goulash was gone. She was so proud that I had eaten all by myself, that she took a picture of me:

The funny thing was, though, when she went to change my diaper a few minutes later, she discovered that I hadn't eaten it at all. I had spent all of that time stuffing it into my diaper and plastic pants.

Although I obviously don't remember this incident myself, I remember with fondness the fun of having mom tell the story.  My little brothers in turn loved having Mom tell them about their big sister that seemed more like an aunt than a sister because of the big age difference.  My kids even like to hear about it.  That is one of the best things about family stories.  They don't seem to get old with the telling.


Anonymous said...

I love it! I have sat each and every one of my nieces, nephews and grandchildren down in their high chair with two oreo cookies and let them have at makes a great picture!

Three-Cookies said...

Funny. What would you do if you were given a plate of goulash now???

Belinda @zomppa said...

That is so funny! The photo is precious, but what were you thinking?

Kim - Liv Life said...

What a story!!! I love that she took the photo, but even more that you still have it. My dad is 100% German and we have had a number goulash versions. I remember loving some, and I remember some others that I would have liked to have stuffed in my diaper as well. So glad you did this post!!

Ryan said...

Ha! That's a great story! Its so funny how kids always stay one step ahead of everyone. :) Hope your move is going well and Happy 4th!

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