Square One: It’s Different for Everyone

I was minding my own business at work yesterday when a dear friend texted me a link to a tweet, with the comment, “This kid needs Home-Ec 101.com.”

I started laughing. I want to be clear, I’m not laughing at this kid, well, maybe a little bit because the earnestness and dedication of cleaning out the oven after every cooking endeavor is completely endearing to me. Whatever that kid’s parents did, they did not raise a total slob, so let’s put some points over in the winning column, too.

1.2 million likes (when I wrote this post) show that a lot of people could relate in some way or another.

Also? I was in my mid-twenties before I knew that it was NOT illegal to have a light on in your car when it was moving. So who am I to laugh? We’re all ignorant in our own ways.

Some people are lucky and were raised in a home where life skills are taught right from the beginning, in a kind and loving way.

Some generations were taught in school.

The rest of us just kind of muddle our way through.

That’s OK. That’s why I started Home-Ec101.com, way back in 2007. A lot has changed since then, but the mission never has.

I took this text from my friend as a nudge to get off my butt and start writing again; I’m going to try. Not just for @HenpeckedHal’s cousin, but for the rest of us who are still figuring things out.

Do you have a “baking sheet?” moment?

Send your questions to helpme@home-ec101.com.

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8 thoughts on “Square One: It’s Different for Everyone”

  1. So I’m older than I’d like to admit and I JUST learned that you’re supposed to decant dry goods when you buy them. I grew up fairly poor and I thought other people were doing this just cause they’re “fancy”! Shaking my head… 🙂 I can relate to this story!

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    • No, life has just been busy. This site, for better or worse gets set on the back burner when things get overwhelming.
      With six kids there are busy seasons and I promise if your aren’t receiving anything it’s definitely me, not you. 😁

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    • And thank you! I appreciate the compliment. I was just looking at some memories on Google Photos of when I was in Miami with a couple friends tagging a long on their book tour, promoting my book. That was such a different life. Not even counting the pandemic. 😂

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  2. Since they refuse to being Home Economics, the real course not whatever they are teaching, then someone has to lead the charge. You are just the person to do it. Glad you will be writing again soon. I hear you in my head all the time and I took four years of home ec in high school in the seventies.

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  3. wow, well no one ever told me how to use a baking sheet, I learned from watching my wife cook.

    what I did last month was order a cooling rack that fits inside the baking sheet so I can fry chicken on it and let it drip!

    That’s what this kid needs.

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