American Fried Rice and Mother’s Day Brunch

American fried rice in Thailand

After wisely bypassing the menu item called “American Fried Rice” at our Bangkok hotel several times, my husband finally gave in to curiosity and ordered it, and we got a glimpse into the secret world of how Thais imagine Americans: a cheerful sunny side up egg topped a mound of fried rice, ringed by two hot dogs, a fried chicken leg, tomato slices, and a piece of deli ham. I have to commend them: America on a plate.

I have two nearly grown boys. They’ve reached that age when they’d rather Skype with friends while gaming than join us out for dinner. Leave the house, boys. Live real life. But the thing is, that is real life to them.

With the occasion of Mother’s Day, though, I easily coaxed them to come along. We hung around at home most of the day, each doing our own thing, and then we headed out for a late brunch at an inn.

The carving station: I think about how I slice up the weeks, time for tennis matches, homework help, rides to friends, dinner from scratch, orthodontist appointments, frozen pizza, all a jumble of laughter, bickering, and chores.

The pasta station: It’s freshly warmed to let the sauce sink in, like hugs and kisses, high fives and fist bumps, texts and emails, pride in each new change.

The vegetable medley: Put some veggies on your plate; I guide them to make the right choices.

The bitter greens: Nostalgia that my little boys are gone mixes in with everything else.

The sweets table: I realize with joy that they’re becoming their own people, confident young men.

Brunch: motherhood on a plate.

Mother's Day family

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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12 Responses to American Fried Rice and Mother’s Day Brunch

  1. buckeroomama says:

    When I first read “American Fried Rice,” I was thinking, “Really? There is such a thing?” Hahaha! 🙂

    You have a beautiful family. Belated Mother’s Day greetings.

  2. Kashi says:

    i seriously love that! what a super sweet family!

  3. What a great analogy for motherhood! I was heavy in the Bitter Greens and Sweets this mother’s day as well. Beautiful family!

  4. Adaobi says:

    You had me at American Fried Rice and the picture, food glorious food…the rest was just an excellent bonus.

  5. How beautiful, and how true. 🙂
    And I laughed at the “American Fried Rice.”

  6. zoe says:

    What a beautiful family! I loved this post! AMerican fried rice….ick.

  7. Daniel Nest says:

    Awesome post, awesome kids, awesome breakfast! Trifecta of awesomeness.

  8. shannon says:

    The picture at the end gave me goose bumps. So lovely.

  9. You did a much better job of capturing the spirit in motherhood with your brunch analogy than the hotel did in capturing our culture in its “American Fried Rice” meal.

  10. beverlydiehl says:

    That breakfast reminds me of those old ads, “Lard – It’s good for you!” Sadly, I think many American would not only order that, but ask if it couldn’t be super-sized.

    Love the way you described the motherhood brunch.

  11. Everything about the “American Fried Rice” is American except the fried rice!

    I love how the sign above your picture says, “Danger”

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