Local housewife Tamador Mahasees asked her children Thursday morning what they wanted to eat for lunch, a question that drew responses ranging from shawarma and stuffed peppers to Maqluba and Kabsa dishes, before disregarding their requests and preparing a meal consisting exclusively of molokhia.
Mahasees said she just had to disregard her children’s choices.
“They are too naive to contemplate multiple options, and they are not yet ready to know what they want and what is good for them,” she said.
But she said the process of asking for their opinion and laying out the results was completely transparent.
“Everyone was able to express their wishes, and my husband and I oversaw the entire process,” she said. “We ended up dismissing several suggestions because they required too much time or effort , and the only choice remaining was molokhia, which did not receive any votes, but I personally like it a lot and we happened to have it at home already.”
Mahasees said some of her children ordered meals from a local restaurant in defiance of her decision, but that they would come to regret it soon.
“They can do that today, tomorrow, after tomorrow, but let’s see who will feed them when their allowance runs out,” she said. “Those who object without permission to do so will be locked in their rooms, and I won’t cook for two days, which will force them to finish the entire pot of molokhia.”
“Otherwise they can find another mother to feed and spoil them, nobody is forcing them to stay here,” she added.