Monday, March 30, 2015

Gratitude Monday -- There Were Croutons Everywhere

I am a messy eater. I can't recall if I've outed myself about this here or not, but it doesn't matter.
I am, and I don't care.
That alone is something for which to be grateful.
Yesterday we went for a drive out west and had lunch in Nordegg. I had a chicken caesar salad and a Coke. The server had warned me it was big. She was not kidding. It was piled high as a haystack on the plate.
A forkful or two in something happened. I either speared it wrong or my fork slipped because several croutons jumped up and made good their escape to the floor.
I looked down to find a ring of them around my chair as though I were in the middle of a protective spell.
I'm used to this sort of thing. I can get as much food on the floor, table, or various parts of my face and clothing as I do in my mouth.
Oh, sure I've tried to fix it, but nothing works.
I eat slowly. When I try to add carefully to the mix it simply underscores the resulting mess so I rarely bother.
A few bits of lettuce slipped onto the table. Those were eaten while trying to escape.
At one point a small bit of something flew up into my eye.
Annoying as it was at least it was something new.
Bits of salad landed in my lap at times as well. I shook my head and ploughed on.
I ate most of it, but could not finish it so gave it to my husband while I finished my Coke.
When we got up to leave I managed to tip the glass over sending the ice cubes skittering along the table.
The server more than earned her tip.
Most people would be embarrassed about this sort of thing.
I'm not.
I made the choice years ago to embrace my mess. I have tried to be a neat eater, but it simply does not work out. Further, I like messy food.
I am grateful I have this outlook. It makes life fun.


Kimberley said...

This is hilarious, Leah!!! Thanks for the laugh!

Leah J. Utas said...

My pleasure, Kimberley.
Glad you enjoyed it.

Tabor said...

Honesty is the best policy with yourself ... as long as you leave a good tip.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye, Tabor.

solarity said...

As long as you get enough of it in your mouth, all's well. I feel such grief when a really tasty bit lands on the floor. (Croutons can all go on the floor as far as I'm concerned.) The table or my lap is no escape, but the floor, at home where my dog walks with his outdoor feet, is not rescuable.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

messymimi said...

IGood for you, not letting it rule you in any way!

Crabby McSlacker said...

LOVE this.

My wife, a super-achiever, perfectly organized and efficient and methodical in every way, never leaves the table without spills of various sorts on herself or in her immediate vicinity. Her brother and mother: same thing. I think it's kinda adorable.