The Stimulant: My father, ever-efficient, taught me at a very young age that there were certain things about life that couldnâ€™t be learned in school. At that time, I didnâ€™t understand what he was training me for. I was only 10 years old. All I could think about was that he was disrupting my TV viewing schedule.
â€œOh no,â€ he glared at me as I grumbled since I knew what was coming next. â€œYouâ€™re calling my members tonight.â€
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My husband, Erik, and I share an interest in cooking. Oftentimes, itâ€™s a â€œbattle of wills.â€ Erik enjoys meat and potatoes and I prefer Asian food, especially mung bean (silver) noodles. European-raised Erik, when asked to draw â€œsnacksâ€ during a â€œPictionaryâ€ game, would sketch a wedge of cheese, grapes, and crackers for his Filipino teammates. I, Philippine-raised Lorna, would interpret â€œsnacksâ€ as gustatory sensations of â€œbanana-cue,â€ Spanish-style fried peanuts, and soda.