Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Pretzels and Proverbs
On the evening of the Fourth of July, my family and I went outside when it was still light out. I lingered on the driveway with my parents while Scott took the kids down to the neighbors.
(The neighbors had two items that my driveway could not compete with - new children to play with and chocolate-covered pretzels).
But they didn't stay away for long. After only a few minutes, Ashley ran back up the sidewalk and presented me with a gift - a half-eaten chocolate covered pretzel.
"For you, mommy!" she called over her shoulder, as she ran back down the driveway.
Aw, I thought to myself, as I popped the pretzel in my mouth. And then, ew, because soggy pretzel.
A few minutes later Owen ran up the sidewalk. I worried he would trip as he ran, since he was looking at me sideways with a huge smile on his face instead of watching where he was going. But he made it to me in one piece.
"Here, mama!" he said, as he handed me his own half-eaten chocolate covered pretzel.
"Aw, thanks buddy!" I replied, as he turned and ran back down to the neighbors. But as soon as his back was turned, I threw the pretzel out into the yard. Because you know how the saying goes - feed me a soggy pretzel once, shame on you. But twice? Shame on me.
Anyway, I bet you know what happened next.
Aidan came running up the sidewalk. He turned towards me in the driveway, with a big grin on his face. I smiled as he ran right up to me, half-eaten chocolate covered pretzel in hand.
"Hi, mama!" he said.
I got my "Aw" out before I realized he hadn't actually handed me anything. Instead, he just stood right in front of me and ate the pretzel himself. Chomp chomp chomp.
And I realized I had the saying all wrong. It's actually "Never look a soggy pretzel in the mouth." Or wait - is it "Never put a soggy pretzel in your mouth?"
Maybe I should just stay away from pretzels. And proverbs.