Thursday, February 3, 2011

Unspoken Rules

I've always been thankful for unspoken rules.

I mean, isn't it nice to have an oncoming vehicle flash their lights to warn of a hidden police car? Or for your hosts to offer something to drink when you arrive? Or for your spouse to hang a new roll of toilet paper when the previous one is gone?

I'm thankful for unspoken rules.

My family had lots of them growing up: Always get permission before inviting a friend over. Confess your sins immediately and the punishment will be less.  Bargain hunt. Check pockets before throwing something in the laundry (I wish I was better about this one!)

Of course, my husband's family had unspoken rules too. And having been part of my husband's family now for almost 7 years, I've picked up on a few: never go to Starbucks without picking up a drink for Nick's mom. Always save coupons. Don't do laundry or shower between 9am and 9pm.

But I'll never forget the time I completely missed the boat on a cardinal unspoken rule. I threw away an empty sugar bag.

I didn't think twice. I was tidying the kitchen after cooking up some apple pies for our Thanksgiving celebration and tossed an empty paper sugar bag in the trash. I went about my day not even thinking about what I had done.

But later on, when Nick's dad, Louie, came home, it was again brought to light. Louie was working in the kitchen when he noticed something amiss and exclaimed,
"Who threw the sugar bag in the garbage?!?!?"

Blushing, I quickly fessed up. I figured I had thrown it in the trash when it was supposed to be in the recycling.  Or vice versa. Louie was immediately gracious and kind, and explained the problem. It was not in the wrong trash can, the problem was that it was in the trash.

Because empty sugar bags are NOT to be thrown away, of course!

Because, oh you of questioning mind, sugar bags make the best lunch sacks a guy could ask for. Sturdy. Solid. Easy to fold. They stay closed. Protect food. The lunch bag benefits are innumerable! And so I say it again, empty sugar bags are not to be thrown away!

I'll admit, it took me a while to come around on this unspoken rule... but I just recently learned the benefits. And I'll tell you now, Louie, your grandson thinks just like you.

Beyond good lunch sacks, Noah discovered that sugar bags also make the perfect play thing. They Crinkle. Crunch. Shake. Rattle.

And they taste awfully good too.

So, today I'm thankful to God for my wonderful father in law. For strolling down memory lane and remembering unspoken rules. For my sweet little son. And of course, for sugar bags.

Memory Lane


Rach said...

I know exactly what you're talking about with unspoken rules! I appreciate them too. I've never thought to use a sugar bag for a lunch bag, though! Great idea!

Dawn said...

Huh. I never thought of that! That's a good idea. Your little guy is adorable.

Melanie said...

love this!

Anonymous said...

Awwwww This is so sweet! ... what a cutie pie! .... XO

Karen said...

I enjoyed this and learned to hold onto Sugar bags! The hardest thing was when I married when both he and I had totally different unspoken family rules!!

Tettelestai said...

how funny!! for my mother it's butter containers and sour cream containers... how crazy huh?? but she always has stuff to send home with folks!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathryn,

This is too funny! Actually though, on closer inspection I can see that they would make good lunch bags.

Your little one is so precious, and is certainly enjoying his sugar bag.

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.

Whidbey Woman said...

Oh I love this! How funny.
I never thought of using empty sugar bags in that way.
Happy TT!

Nana Jul said...

This cracked me up!! I love it.
Thanks for sharing the sugar bag rule!!
Happy TT

Joshlin said...

I never though of a sugar bag. We use butter containers and such. What a wonderful tip. Your son is so cute!! Happy TT!

Hannah said...

Looks like I'll be the first Rayes to comment. This is so funny!!! I would have never thought to be thankful for my dads odd quirks, but you are very right. Oh and is Noah laughing or crying?

Mom in the Fishbowl said...

I also have a Noah...he's 2! :)

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

He is too cute! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is precious!


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