A strange thing happens in some families, and I've never figured out what it's all about, or what to call it. You bring in the family's favorite snack. Everybody digs in. Then, as the package starts to empty, they lose interest. Pretty soon, you're down to a handful of potato chips, or one lonesome cookie, or the last spoonful of ice cream, or whatever. It sits.....and sits.....and sits. Pretty soon, the potato chips are soggy and stale, the cookie turns to crumbs, and the ice cream begins to resemble some strange kind of soup. You finally either eat it yourself, or throw it away.
Then a mental timer goes off in everyone's heads. "What happened to the (fill in the blank)? I was going to eat that! Boy ---- if you don't grab it when it comes in the house, you just go without around here." Aaarrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhhh. The urge to fold, staple, mutilate and maim!!..!!
It doesn't stop with snacks, friends. You get the announcement, "Hey! I'm starving! When do we eat?" So, you fix a nice meal because you don't want rampant starvation in your house. Everyone does just fine until>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>It Hits Again. No one will take the last bite, or the last spoonful out of the dish. But, if you fix one ounce less, you get "Is that all? I'm still hungry." Hmmmm.
Those little bites that are left in dishes become the dreaded and feared word LEFTOVERS. There is some strange curse affixed to eating leftovers. Unless you have a great imagination, and can transform those few morsels into something that can't be recognized by man or beast, they will stay in the fridge until they grow, turn various shades of gray and/or green, and become a walking, talking science project. When you open the container to throw it away, better have a clothespin for your nose; the whole neighborhood can smell it!!
What is this strange behavior? Do we not want to appear piggish and
greedy? Are we "saving" that last little bit so we won't get hungry again?
Is this some kind of wierd proof that we can share with others? I just
don't get it, and I never have. Maybe some behavioral psychologist out
there can explain this -- in words we can all understand. I don't know
about you, but it gets to me!!
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