We interrupt foodie programming for a little life…

When you have five sons like I do, the phrase “Mom, come here! We have a surprise for you!” can make you break into a cold sweat. You could be looking at a very, horribly bad situation or something so Norman Rockwell-ish and classic Americana that it makes you borderline weepy.

You can probably imagine, then, that when the two youngest kids came into the house dripping wet at the behest of two of their older brothers to announce that they had something to show me, I was a little apprehensive as I followed them onto the porch. This is the view that greeted me.

boys with crawfish | www.foodiewithfamily.com

It seemed calm enough, but what was in the bucket? That’s what had me thinking… They offered to show me. They built drama. They said, “Wait for it!”

At first, I’m ashamed to say, I was in a hurry to get a photo of whatever they had and get back in to the project I was attempting. As the words, “Could you hurry up and grab the thing” formed in my mind, they were quickly replaced by a voice that whispered, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”  This quote by Dallas Willard lives on a handwritten sign at eye level on a dear friend’s refrigerator and smacks me upside my brain every time I read it.  I asked myself, “What’s the hurry?”, took a deep breath, and just like that…

The boys with crawfish bucket | www.foodiewithfamily.com

…moments I wouldn’t miss for the world jumped in front of my camera.

Aidan with crawfish | www.foodiewithfamily.com


Ty with crawfish | www.foodiewithfamily.com

Boys with a crawfish | www.foodiewithfamily.com

Leif with crawfish | www.foodiewithfamily.com

Rowan with crawfish | www.foodiewithfamily.com
I was informed that there were “easily enough for three for each of us.” Meaning, would I please cook them. I congratulated the guys on their successful fishing of our creek and told them that we’d best put them back so they’d grow a little more and give us the chance to make a proper meal of them later in the summer. They concurred and ambled back down the hill with their bucket to return the crawdaddies to the creek.

…and I stayed on the porch watching them.

It’s summer. I challenge you to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life and enjoy the crawdads.






  1. says

    I love it. And I agree. In this new place in the mountains where we live, there is a creek near our house. The boys take off their shoes and wade in the creek, something we never did when we were city folk living in San Diego! I absolutely love that boys create their own adventures… I’m all for exploring and making it happen. Such a sweet post :)

  2. says

    This post is exactly what my child hood was like. Running around outside with my friends, in the creek catching whatever we could, building swimming holes, fishing, hiking, camping…all of it. Thanks for the flash back, you have a beautiful family!

  3. says

    As a mama of four boys, I understand you initial apprehension to go outside. Those unscripted life moments is worth far more than any that are hurried. I need to post that quote on my refrigerator as a reminder to take the time to live in those moments.

  4. Robby says

    Love it! Perfect childhood moment. I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention the tasty Emeril recipe we had last night that features ‘mud bugs’. ;^)

  5. Karen B says

    I so agree with you…..You do have to stop yourself sometime and just slow down and enjoy what is going on around you….I’m going to print this out and put it on my frig! Thanks!

    “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

  6. says

    “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life and enjoy the crawdads”

    I have so much to do, I don’t know where to start — and so I’m going to make some iced tea and go sit on the porch and read. Thank you!

  7. Sherry says

    Love this! I told my boys since they did so well on their report cards that I would take the day off and do whatever they wanted (within monetary reason). I thought Chuck E Cheese, Splash Lagoon or Darien Lake would be shouted out. Nope!
    WE WANT TO SPEND A WHOLE DAY CATCHING CRAYFISH! Not just setting a trap and going back to check it. They want to go to creek after creek lifting rocks and catch em for dinner. Must be a boy thing!!! Can’t wait to go though!

  8. says

    What a lovely post. And I love that quote about hurrying. I babysit during the summer and often find myself wishing the kids would hurry up, but you’re right – by forcing them to do that, I’m taking those special little moments away from all of us. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

  9. Giselle says

    What a timely reminder for me to slowdown and enjoy the life we’re living. Too much hurry hurry hurrying with children in school! Thanks for that. And your boys are positively edible. Happy mama’ing from a happy mama.

  10. says

    I too have to remind myself to slow down some times! My two little boys go to daycare during the day most of the time, so I try to give them my undivided attention in the evenings since they won’t stay little forever!


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