2-Minute Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Do you ever notice the moments in which your children offer a spontaneous “I love you!”? They never cease to surprise me.

When we’re in the middle of wiping down the kitchen table.

“I love you, mom!”

When we’re walking for our final summertime swim at the local pool.

“I love you, mom!”

When my back is turned and they are munching down a lunch of Tuna Lettuce Wraps.

“I love you, mom!”

I once believed there was neither rhyme nor poetry to these spontaneous moments. Until I started recording them in a journal. I’d carry it around with me and jot down what we were doing when the kids tendered those three little words. After a month of recording, I started to see a pattern.

The common threads between each of these “I love you” moments were:

1) They always happened when we were in the middle of DOING something. And electronics couldn’t be on in the house. No music blaring in the background. No TV taking their attention away. No game console sucking brainstem cells.

2) They always happened when I was around. Of course they did. If they didn’t, I wouldn’t have known. I wouldn’t have been there to hear. Silly duck.

Here’s what I concluded from my rudimentary recording activity…that love is often found in the quiet mundaneness of our everydays. That all the work I do to drag my children to events and concerts and culture-inducing classes (please, Lord. Let one of them speak French.) are important to the total development of my children’s minds. But, letting  them lay upside down on the couch while I fold laundry, welcoming the wrap of their arms around my legs as dishes are scrubbed, the firm plop of naughty heiny’s onto the bottom stair of the first floor…it is then that time goes slow enough to make sense. It it then when my children have time to stop and feel the love and life moving in and our of their hearts, our home, my bursting soul. And when they feel empowered to express that love.

Which is precisely why I’m considering allowing them to stay home from school forever. Who needs school anyway?


2-Minute Tuna Lettuce Wraps


1 cup bell pepper slices
1/4 cup sliced purple onions
1 teaspoon coconut
1 can albacore tuna
1 lime, freshly squeezed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
5-6 leaves iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro


In a skillet, heat the coconut oil and cook the bell peppers and onions until softened. Drain the tuna (run it under water once, then drain completely to take away any fishy flavor), gently flake the tuna with a fork, the drizzle fresh-squeezed lime juice and the spices on top of the tuna.

Spoon a few peppers and onions into each iceberg lettuce leaf. Spoon tuna on top. Serve with a dollop of sour cream if you're feeling naughty, naked if you're feeling nice.