Long before our son, Grayson, fell in love with outdoor adventure books like "Hatchet" and "My Side of the Mountain," he showed a keen interest in tales of wilderness survival. He must have been about three when his favorite movie was "Alaska." , a movie about two kids searching for their father.
Now, before you say, "Hey isn't that movie rated PG and why would you let a three year old watch a PG movie?" Let me hasten to say that we mainly just let him watch the scenery parts, and I really needed to take a shower on a semi-regular basis and well....sigh. It was the one thing he would sit and watch for any length of time, and no, it's not one of my prouder moments.
Wouldn't you know. My little angel picked up the only bad word in the entire movie. One day he was frustrated with his older sister, Lauren, and repeated the one line perfectly.
Except that he sounded like Elmer Fudd because he couldn't say his "L's" or "R's."
"WOH-WEN! WHAT DA HE-W AH YOU DOIN'?"
(Lauren, what the he-- are you doing?)
Whoa, now. That's some pretty salty language, Diaper Boy. For a family that wasn't allowed to say "Shut up," or "Dang," let's just say that all the commotion in the house came to a screeching halt and we all whipped around to look at him. He stared blankly back at us, not knowing he'd just stumbled across a word that could earn him a visit with a bar of soap and Mister Paddle.
Of course, I dealt with his epithet swiftly with a serious talking-to, although it was pretty hard not to smile through the chastisement. Man, that kid was cute! He just crumpled when I told him we didn't say words like that, and he's never let out a blue streak since.
Grayson's salty expletive has garnered him a spot in the family hall of shame, and every now and then that story surfaces as one of our favorites.
But it can only be repeated in an Elmer Fudd voice.
And now that I've completely shattered your illusion of our holy family, I'll move on to today's Small Thing, which has to do with salt.
I've got several salt and pepper shakers in my kitchen. I keep them in the cupboard near the stove, which in my tiny kitchen, is also by where I serve up the food. There are at least two shakers that are empty. But do I put the empty ones at the back? Oh no. For some reason, I leave them at the front so we can grab them and try to shake salt out of them, realize they are empty, and then have to go through them to find the ones that are full. So dumb.
Today's Small Thing is ridiculously easy. All you have to do is work on your salt and pepper shakers! Are they empty? Fill them up! Are they gummed up from humidity? Unclog the holes so they work properly. Are they sticky and yucky looking? Give them a nice wiping or perhaps wash them out completely.
You know, it's the little niceties that make life sweet. I like reaching for a sparkling salt shaker and elegantly sprinkling my food with flavor. It makes me feel a bit like Martha Stewart for such fine attention to detail.
POINTS: 30 for one set of salt and pepper shakers
BONUS POINTS: 10 for each additional set of shakers