I was going to title this one "Found in Salmon Patties" - but I just couldn't. However, there ya go, it's the first line.
Two days ago I made salmon patties in an effort to use what was available in the pantry instead of buying new groceries. I truly love these fishy things. Apparently they were a staple if you grew up in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. I did not grow up then, but my parents are older and as such I grew up taking part in older traditions.
It had been a very very long time since I had made these so I followed a recipe. I then had the bright idea to share my leftovers with a family member. This person loves these fishy treats as well. So when I called to thank this person for the food items they left in exchange (their idea not mine), I was surprised to discover that a compliment and rave reviews were not in order. Nope. What did I get?
Person: "What did you think of them? Did you like them?"
Person: "Did you think they tasted like your mom's?"
Me: "Um... I actually liked mine a lot. I've not had my mom's in like 10 plus years. I don't know. I'm sure hers were better. Most things she makes are."
Person: "Yeah, I thought so. Can I offer you some suggestions should you make them again?"
Really? Why do some people only offer up a healthy dose of criticism at every possible opportunity? I was trying to do something nice. I've actually avoided this person a lot lately for this very reason. Then the minute I go out on a limb and try... that's what I get.
And then to myself I say "Really? You're going to let salmon patty criticism ruin your evening? Really? Are you that insecure?"
Yes, yes I am. There are moments when my flesh is that weak.
And then I laughed a lot. At the entire situation.
And then my husband showed up the next night as I was just finishing up the last salmon patty leftover. Another "Really?" We're trying to mend things and the night he shows up I'm parked in front of the television with a TV tray smelling of canned fish. Really I say?"
And then I laughed a lot - again.
Thank you for finding me in fish Jesus.