Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Ahhhhh ... The joys of having Girls ....

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

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

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!!!"

Thanks to Julie Welch for this story!

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