The smell of my Mom’s home cooking would wake me up early in the morning. The yummy fried, dried fish or scrambled eggs and hot cocoa are always ready in the table when we get up. That’s the best treat we can get before going to school. She wakes up early in the morning most of the time. I mean, as early as 4AM. When everybody is still snoring while she’s so busy watering the flowers in the garden.
I was not a kitchen slave when I was growing up. It’s my most hated chore then especially rainy days. You know why? Because of this:
One time, it took me an hour or so just to make a fire from wet woods. My eyes were sore and I was so frustrated I cannot boil water for the rice. Since then, I always choose some other family chores. I don’t care if I have to baby sit my younger brothers the whole day than cooking or clean the whole house! Oh boy, it really takes a lot of practice to prepare a whole good meal for just an hour. That's one thing I had never accomplished when I was a kid. Most of my friends are very good at it as early as 5 years old.