You are what you eat.
Melissa Suriano of Mesick, Michigan seemed to take the phrase to a whole new level after she recently surprised her son with a rather personal dinner.
Suriano presented his 17-year-old son, Collin, with a large meatloaf that resembled his face.
Mom included grated cheese for the hair, green olives for the eyes, red peppers for the eyebrows, and white onions for the teeth.
Melissa Suriano told Kennedy News and Media the personalized dinner was a thank you to her son for how he helped her around the house when she started a new job.
He also helped take care of his younger brother, Boston, who has special needs, and organized the family basement, which his mother described as “really messy.”
“I wanted to make him happy and made him meatloaf to show my appreciation for what he does,” she said of her son.
“I thought it would be fun to make it look like him because we had a special celebratory dinner,” she said.
Collin Suriano was apparently stunned by the presentation which so closely resembled his face.
After the meatloaf was cooked and served, he told Kennedy News it was “weird” to see a likeness of himself being eaten.
Although the teenager found humor in the gesture, he also wondered why he couldn’t have a “normal” mum.
“At first, I found it all extremely funny – like the fact that she sculpted my face in a photo to make a meatloaf,” he said of his mother’s efforts.
“I don’t think any other mother in the world has done this before, which makes it really weird, but it’s a good weird,” he also said.
The 42-year-old mother-of-four, who works as a behavioral technician for children with special needs, described Collin as a “good young man” – and said that “deep down” , she knew he really loved his meatloaf masterpiece.
“His brother started teasing him about it and saying silly things like, ‘Are you going to have a second helping? You are really going to be full of yourself. “, Did she say.
“[Collin] said, ‘No one would ever do that but you. Why can’t I have a normal mother? »
“But it was funny, and he was teasing,” the mom said.
“He wasn’t mad about it.”
Collin Suriano admitted the meatloaf “wasn’t really good” – which he considered the funniest part of the whole story.
The single, widowed mother praised Collin for her help over the past few years, especially as she lost her partner 13 years ago.
“Collin is just lovely, helpful and very, very kind,” she said of her son.
“He’s in the middle of four brothers…and this young man has grown up and he’s been helping.”
“I don’t have to ask him, and he always does the right thing,” she said.
“He’s just a good young man.”