- first thanking God
- clearing your own plate
- clearing anything else on the table
- putting leftovers away (we'll get to these next)
- sweeping the crumbs...my kids love this one
- massaging mom's feet and shoulders (I thought I'd give it a shot....it never happens.)
5.) There will be days where lovely leftovers are all that we are eating... Yes, we just ate this last night. No, you are not getting anything different (see rules # 2 and 3)
6.) Last of all - the kitchen will NOT always be clean. After all, that would be a sign of a wasted life:) And if the kitchen is still dirty the next morning, do not even dare to comment about it. Just smile, and silently proceed.
While it is quite common for other family members to 'forget' (unintentionally, of course) these minor rules and regulations of a mamma italiana's kitchen, we must hold strong to our expectations. After all, this is our domain. The kitchen may very well be the only place we can rule without protests and strikes and whatever other rebellions may arise in an Italian government....I mean, household.
And face it, I'd rather spend time with my kids than clean a kitchen all night while I miss out on some of the greatest memories of our family.
And that sums up ALL of the rules pretty darn clearly.