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This F^*(ing Fridge


It is now family lore that I taught my daughter to swear. I am not proud of it and I think every mother has that crystal clear moment when they realize that their 2 year old has heard and understood EVERY WORD she has uttered.

When our daughter was 2 years old, we lived in a small house with a fridge built in 1967. Well maybe it was newer than that but it was a piece of crap.  It had shelves that were rusted into place, plastic bins that were cracked and duct taped back together as well as a light that worked when it was in the mood.  It was also tiny. Like, really tiny.  So I swore at it a lot.

When I tried to reach the milk from the back and the cabbage would come tumbling out, I swore. When I lifted the mustard off the door and the shelf would crack spilling all other condiments onto my toe, I swore.  When I was on my hands and knees digging on the bottom shelf in search of an illusive ingredient in the dark, I swore.

It was no surprize then, that the day came and our precious blondie bearing only a diaper and a smile came toddling in for her juice. Hubs had just come in from work and we were standing in the kitchen smiling at how independent and confident she was.  Weren’t we the best parents? She is already competent at so many of life’s tasks.  Until…

Hands on hips, standing in front of the open fridge door, peering inward for her sippy cup she uttered a phrase that will be burned in my mind forever.  “This F^&*(ing fridge, I can’t find anything in this f^*(ing fridge.”  And there it was, the moment I knew she needed more than me in her days. I knew that she would benefit from the vocabulary of a daycare worker.   And I definitely needed a new fridge.

Now I have the fridge of my choice and a teen with a fairly clean manner of speaking.  My fridge is always well stocked so that any one of us can find excellent ingredients and whip up a meal in flash.  In my Sympatico Column I wrote about what I stock my fridge with that saves my bacon but I’m curious if I missed anything.  What do you put in your fridge that you couldn’t live without?  (aside from swear words?)

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


One Response

    March 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm Reply

    We have a large full size fridge, very modern. Because of our shopping habits, it is overfilled with … I can’t tell you, but lots!

    Because it is so stuffed, things fall out when you try to get at the back. Because we like to have a lot of vegetables ready to go when we need them, there is not enough space and the drawer gets hard to close. Because that frustrates me, I tend to ‘push’ the door a little too hard. Now we need duct tape for that drawer.

    Or a new F^*(ing Fridge!

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