Sirlaugh’s Blog

January 29, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — sirlaugh @ 2:16 pm

My mother taught me to read when I was four years  old (her first mistake).

One day, I was in the  bathroom and noticed one of the cabinet doors was  ajar.

I read the box in the cabinet. I then asked my  mother why she was keeping ”napkins’ in the bathroom. Didn’t they  belong in the kitchen?

Not wanting to burden me with unnecessary facts, she told me that those were for ‘special occasions’ (her second mistake).

Now fast forward a few months….  It’s Thanksgiving Day, and my folks are leaving to pick  up my uncle and his wife for dinner.
Mom had assignments for all  of us while they were gone.  Mine was to set the  table.

When they returned, my uncle came in first and  immediately burst into laughter.  Next came his wife who gasped, then began giggling.  Next came my father, who roared with laughter.

Then came Mom, who almost died of embarrassment when she  saw each place setting on the table with a ‘special occasion’ Kotex napkin at each plate, with the fork carefully arranged on top.

I had even tucked the little tail in so they didn’t hang off the edge!!

My mother asked me why I used these and, of course, my response sent the other adults  into further fits of laughter.

‘But, Mom, you said they were for special occasions!!!’


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