Thank you for all your prayers. The Good Lord has looked after me. The last day of Archie’s Gap Year was Sunday, January 15.
This is how I manufactured it.
Last week Archie went away for a few days. While he was resting/holidaying/partying and spending while definitely not working I, by a stroke of good fortune, found by chance a College based in Sydney holding late auditions for their 2012 intake. The course sounded perfect for Archie and without hesitating I completed an on-line application (pretending of course, to be Archie). Just to be doubly sure they received the application I followed up with a phone call and explained Archie was presently unavailable so would they mind speaking to me about Archie’s application. By another wonderful stroke of good fortune, the woman on the other end of the phone was only too happy to speak to me.
By the time I had hung up the phone Archie’s plans were set in stone. Archie needed to be at the College by Thursday (he was only returning from more misadventures on the Monday) and the auditioning process would take all day. He would have to recite a monologue, sing two contrasting songs, sit a music theory exam and survive a movement audition. Perfect!
I was so excited for him. I phoned Archie who without surprise was hostile and non-receptive. He said, ‘Mum, you need to get my permission before you go ahead and sign me up for these kinds of things’ and he said, ‘Well you’ve just ruined my plans for 2012’. And that was hysterical because the whole point is, Archie has no plans.
But I said, ‘Archie, this is the college for you. You’ll get to sing, dance, perform and play in a band all day long. How perfect is that?’ And he said, ‘We’ll talk about it when I get home’ which was quite funny because that’s what my father used to say to me when I’d been naughty. But Archie’s reaction didn’t rattle me because I know, ‘mummy knows best’.
Archie dragged himself off to the audition but came home that night transformed. He was absolutely buzzing. He loved the college. He found the auditioning process exhilarating and said the movement audition could have gone a lot better and said how he ‘smashed’ the acting audition, and how he loved the singing audition but how he thinks he failed the music theory exam.
But the next day he received an email telling him he’s been accepted into the Australian Institute of Music to do a Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Theatre. College starts on January 30 BUT because Archie didn’t do music for the HSC (against the wishes and advice of his mother), he has to do a music theory bridging course and that started today.
And Archie is super excited.
And I didn’t say much but I did say, ‘Will there be a day when you thank me Archie?’
And Archie said, ‘Thanks mum’.
Are you, or do you hope to be, an interfering mother?
Because Archie’s thank you was so sincere I made him one of his favourite dinners – Chicken Stir-Fry
Chicken Stir-Fry with Ginger, Asparagus and Cashews
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: This could be expensive if the vegetables (like asparagus) isn’t in season but just substitute for what’s seasonal otherwise this is a well-priced family meal
3 tbspns vegetable oil
1 red onion, finely sliced
500g (1 lb) chicken thigh meat, thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbspns finely julienned ginger
2 tbsps kecap manis
2 tbspns fish sauce
1 tbspn palm sugar
1/2 tspn freshly ground white pepper
1 bunch thin asparagus, cut in half lengthways
1 red capsicum cut into strips
1/2 cup roasted cashews
sliced spring onion to garnish
In a wok, heat vegetable oil until hot. Add onion and chicken, stir-fry for 1 minute. Add garlic and ginger, stir-fry for another minute. Add kecap manis, fish sauce, sugar and pepper, stir-fry until the chicken is just cooked, about 5 minutes. Add asparagus and red capsicum, stir-fry for 1 minute. Toss through cashews. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with the spring onion. Serve with steamed Jasmine rice.
This recipe is from Spirit House.