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.


Brandy said...

Maybe the 2nd one wasn't soggy - I totally would ate it to make sure. i really like chocolate.

Tractor Mom said...

I agree with Brandy...I would have at least took a good look at the second. Chocolate...need I say more!! At least one of your children is understanding the power of chocolate!

liz said...

They are such copy cats, aren't they? :)

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA so hilarious. I think word must have spread.

blueviolet said...

That totally made me laugh! You're a better mom than me. I would have pitched the first one in the lawn too!

Anonymous said...

That is so super cute!

Ms. Understood said...

LOL @ Aidan faking you out with the betcha thought I was giving you my soggy pretzel. Your kids are so sweet. I'm with the other ladies. I would have at least broken it in half to check before I threw it. Hmm . . . think I'll grab a chocolate from downstairs right now since we're talking about it.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I can't even share drinks with my kids. I have slobberphobia.

Kmama said...

LOL! I think I probably would have ate both, and then gotten sad that I didn't get the third! Soggy or not, it's a chocolate covered pretzel! ;-)

CRAZYMOM said...

LOL very cute. I wonder how much slobber I have consumed over the years. I probably don't want to know. :)

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

...there's a George W analogy just dying to pop out of my mouth...but analogies, like proverbs, can be dangerous territory, so I'll refrain.


w said...

well this was awesome. also. the saying is:

just eat it.
--- weird al yankovic.