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A Dash of Salt

April 30th, 2015

I really miss my parents, most especially my mom. My mom and I have really been close when I was growing up until now. We used to see each other every day, but everything changed when I started to take over the winery business. I know that it is going to be very rewarding financially, but I just miss the times when we just hang out in the kitchen and she teaches me our heirloom secret recipes. She also taught me all the things that I needed to know when growing up. From simple things like how to act and dress properly as a woman to more complex ones like how to handle relationships.

My mom once told me that she was also close with her mom. She shared that our grandmother used to have kidney stones because she was fond of eating salty and oily foods. Her mom also did not drink water as she needed to. My grandmother died because of the infections that occurred because she did not want to have surgery on her kidney stone as soon as possible because she was hoping that it would just pass through her urine, but the doctor told her that the stone was too big. My grandmother was afraid of being under the table, so she really waited for the stone to pass through her urine. My mom was still a teenager that time. She asked her mom about what do kidney stones feels like and she told her that it was really painful. She also added that she could not pee properly as she had frequent urges, but she could not go. Her doctor gave her many options, as they are many home remedies for kidney stones like making a concoction of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and lemon. She drank it every day, but it was too late because the infection got the better of her. She died after two months and my mom was so devastated by her loss.

Since then, my mom has been very cautious about putting salt on food. She has always been educating my brothers and sisters, including me about how drinking water is very vital for our body to excrete toxins from our body. She also cooks our food with less salt or sometimes, even without salt at all. She taught me how to use certain spices like basil, rosemary, tarragon and thyme to replace the void of not using salt on our meals and she was right that food could still be very delicious and scrumptious even without using salt.

It is just funny that only our dad does not follow my mom as he always have a salt shaker near his plate during our meals. I asked my mom about it and she told me that she is so tired of arguing with my dad. She told me that our dad told her that what life is life about if you did not enjoy it. The ironic thing now is that our dad was diagnosed with hypertension last week. Now, he could not argue with our mom anymore about the salt thing.