Michelle {whose cooking skills are, like the middle class in China, emerging} will have to wait a couple of days for her replacement microwave. On Sunday, Don and I will take a leisurely drive to visit her. The three of us will browse the Home Depot appliance section together. That way, when I sigh and sigh and look in vain for Made in USA on the boxes, I'll have emotional support. I can already tell you what Michelle will say, because she's the most giving, generous soul. "Sorry, Mom. Don't worry, I can pay for it, that way you won't have to break your pledge." Just rip my red, white and blue heart out. But I may have to take her up on it. Superior Chinese Tiger Mother Amy Chua's got nothing on me. Bad, bad Italian-Yugoslavian-American Mother.