The telephone operator asked me if I would accept a reverse charges call from the public phone in the school yard.  I was alarmed, why would the child be phoning me in the middle of the day?

“Hello Mom!  I just wanted to say hello.  And can we have fish and chips for lunch.  And guacamole?  I’m starving.  OK, bye, I love you!”

And that was that.


“Perhaps it will seem to you that the sunshine is brighter and that everything has a new charm. At least, I believe this is always the result of a deep love, and it is a beautiful thing.” Vincent van Gogh


45 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    how long before you picked yourself up off the floor?!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I still haven’t quite recovered, Tandy 😉

  2. MissChris says:

    That is so special – those fish and chips will definately be made with warm fuzzy happy feelings!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was yesterday 😀

  3. leigh says:

    Too sweet 🙂

  4. JustMe says:

    *makes reverse charge call to place an order for herself too*

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    Who can twist whom round their little finger, lol – AND have them enjoy it too!!! Love it… 😀

  6. Bee says:

    I love fish and chips. I’m so glad it was fish and chips and nothing..well..serious

  7. Indeed – there is nothing like it in the world! What a precious gift she gave, because you have given to her. “We love because God first loved us.” (I John 4:19) thanks for this wonderful post!

    (And the guacamole looks great! – :-D)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks 🙂
      And now I just have to teach her not to start sentences with ‘and’ 😉

  8. stilekke says:

    …..give me your number please…next time I`m hungry I will try my luck!!!…Ipromise Iwon`t call collect !…hehehe…

  9. suzicate says:

    Awe, sweet! And the Van Gogh quote is lovely.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Isn’t it, I was blown away by it 🙂

  10. slpmartin says:

    I’d like that number too…do you accept international reverse charges? 🙂 Sweet story.

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehehe 🙂
      You’re up very early?

  11. Tammy McLeod says:

    Great story! I would have also panicked at the call but you will certainly never forget it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never in a million years 😀

  12. I had a good laugh at this – you gotta love the Bunn 😉
    We are having fish and chips for lunch at work tomorrow.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love her now, am writing these things down to look back on as she progresses through puberty when it will be less easy to love her.
      Enjoy your fish & chips.

  13. nrhatch says:

    When she writes her memoirs . . . MY MOM, THE MADE-TO-ORDER CHEF

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hopefully not: MY MOTHER THE KITCHEN EVIL 😉

  14. Liane says:

    I’ll tell you this much: in the US GOOD fish and chips is everything BUT simple… so I’ve started making my own. (Some days I miss Fishaways. That used to be my favorite.) On the flip side: I love relationships like that… “I know my mom won’t mind… she loves me… :)”

    1. theonlycin says:

      *smile* Seems the case going by the fish & chips I see in the movies.

  15. gospelwriter says:

    I love that! (except for the heartstopping moment when you feared something was wrong). Love fish & chips too, when they’re good (and I bet yours are fab!); I’m down to one fave place in this city, and they’re not open in winter 😦 – perhaps just as well, as it’s an outdoors venue.

    The quote is beautiful! – I heard it recently in the Van Gogh: Brush with Genius Imax production. I believe it was there; I remember thinking how odd it was that I hadn’t come across it before.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Before I went to Europe for the first time, I never knew there were ‘seasonal stores’. Over here any business would have to sign a lease agreement with their landlord that they stay open 6 (some 7) days a week, 12 months a year.

  16. paul willis says:

    Sounds like love.
    Hey, what’s the proper way to prepare fish and chips …by the way. I mean we hear about it all the time…and of course we do have fish and french fries, as they are known here,,,But, what’s the correct way to prepare the fish…and the chips for that matter?

    Oh, and by the way, I have been meaning to contact you and let you know that everything is fine with me…Just spending more time on a Christian Chat room, my Praise Music, and looking for employment more than writing lately. God Bless

    1. theonlycin says:

      You naughty devil you, I have been so worried about you.
      Thanks for letting me know you’re OK.
      Best of luck with the job hunting, you CAN do it 🙂

      1. theonlycin says:

        I bake the fish (hake in this case) drizzled with lemon juice and a spicy rub made by NOMU at 180 degrees Celcius, until just firm (about 20 minutes.
        I also bake my chips, tossed in olive oil. they take a little longer than the fish, about 35 minutes, so they go in the oven before the fish.

  17. souldipper says:

    A heart burning scenario – from one end of the spectrum to the other. AND (! 🙂 ) I was thinking about the Bunn’s book. You suggested: MY MOTHER THE KITCHEN EVIL

    Was your dyslexia showing? It would likely be: MY MOTHER THE KITCHEN – LIVE!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A much better title 😀

  18. I love that Van Gogh quote. Whadda guy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      His candle burned out much too soon …

  19. buttercup600 says:

    Awww you got to love that beautiful Bun…miss my family today 🙂 Love you girlfriend x

  20. Naomi says:

    Too wonderful, Cin! We had fish & chips for lunch yesterday too 🙂

  21. Adorable… once the fright was gone 😉 how much you kids love their Mom-in Chef 😉

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