My parents invited me to join them for dinner this evening. I arrived and let myself into the house. The aroma of vegetables cooking wafted towards me from the kitchen, and along with it the sounds of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 hit single¬†Baby Got Back. Much to my surprise, the music was selected not by one of my teenage sisters, both of whom were out, but rather by my mother, a 50-something English professor at a Catholic seminary.

I walked into the kitchen, and Mom offered me a mojito. It was tasty, but it’s important to remember to muddle the mint, not shred it. In any case, the meal was delicious.

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