Oops! With Love and Humor!


The new quarter at the university meant new
classrooms. As a German professor, I was
accustomed to welcoming students speaking in
German. With an armload of books and papers,
I entered the room, put my belongings on
the empty desk at the front of the class.

Thirty pairs of eyes gazed intently as I rattled on
in German. One brave student raised his hand
and told me this was a Spanish class. Just as
quickly as I had entered, I left – red in the face.
Quick retreat to my office. Read the computer printout
of my teaching schedule for the current quarter.

Forsooth! The Department Chair had switched my classroom
this quarter. Quickly located the new room where
my German class awaited me. Lesson learned. There
would be many life lessons in store for me. Some
happened in the kitchen. A cooking lesson learned.
We had a small vegetable garden and loved

freshly harvested garden vegetables. Green beans
in the pot on the back burner. Water in pot. Yellow
quash in the other pot, also in water. We simply
enjoyed the taste of fresh vegetables steamed.
My husband grilled meat for dinner. It was ready
to serve on plates and bring to the table.

First mouthful of squash was immediately spit out!
What had happened? What was wrong with the yellow
squash? Immediate realization and lesson learned:
never cook vegetables in soapy water! It was our
habit to put soapy water in pots and pans and clean
them after dinner. A flashback to growing up

in Colorado and family dinners. We all get interrupted
in the kitchen. The phone. A child. My mother too!
Around Thanksgiving one year, I made a face as
I tried the pumpkin pie. My sisters also made faces.
My mother then said she had forgotten to add sugar.
Why waste perfectly good pie? Just add the sugar and eat.

Another Sunday dinner my mother had served
rice with our meal. We complained that it tasted
bland. As way of explanation, our mother said
in disbelief to us: no wonder my coffee tasted
terrible! What did her coffee have to do with our
rice? It was only then that we all realized her

mix-up. She had boiled water for her instant
coffee to sip while she cooked but simply thought
her taste buds were off! We all enjoyed a good laugh.
We added salt to the rice and enjoyed our meal.
Lessons learned in life. With love and humor.
Mishaps solved. No, I have no plans to write a cookbook.

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17 Responses to Oops! With Love and Humor!

  1. Emily says:

    Great memories and great times in these photos!! Beautiful blog post!

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  2. Darlene says:

    My dad always said, if we didn’t make mistakes we would have nothing to laugh about later. We have all had kitchen faux pas. My friend made a chocolate cinnamon cake but accidentally used chili powder instead of cinnamon!

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    • Darlene, I laughed my way through your comment about your friend’s chocolate chili cake. Now that was a special flavor I am sure! I do believe an actual chocolate bar exists using that combination. Your Dad had a sage comment about mistakes and laughter. At the time of the mistake though, it does not seem like a laughing matter. Later on, it does. Enjoy the weekend. “”__””

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  3. Oh those OOPSies–us on our toes and dancing with a smile! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend, Mary Ann! xo

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    • Bette, I smiled all the way through your lovely comment. Those OOPSies in life keep us laughing when we least feel like it. Dance away, lovely lady. Cooled off to mid-60s with rain, much appreciated by our trees and plants. Enjoy the weekend and many thanks for such an entertaining comment. oxox

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  4. Those were amusing mishaps.


  5. Peter Klopp says:

    I had to chuckle of this funny-for-me embarrassing-for-you moment in your life because similar events have happened to me as well. Have a great weekend, Mary Ann!

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    • Peter, thank you for an encouraging comment. We all have those moments which do not seem funny when they happen. Only much later can we laugh. I would love to hear of some of your moments. Enjoy the weekend. “”__””

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  6. Hi. I forgot to mention that I signed up to follow your blog. No pressure to reciprocate. Have a fine day.

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  7. Halbarbera says:

    Laugh, make mistakes and grow flowers

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