From the time I was a little kid I have always loved the shock factor. Saying or doing something unexpected is great fun. In the same way I find great humor when I am the recipient whether it’s an intentional act or not sometimes. I tell you this story because I think it is hysterical. I needed a good laugh this day!
Our family was having a great time at a pot luck. The food was delicious, and rather than head to the dessert table when my plate was practically licked clean, I went back for a second helping of salad. I had tried a couple of bites of one particular salad and hoped there would be some left over. The salad was full of huge chunks of avocados, and I love my avocado!
I walked up to the table and sure enough there was about one helping left at the bottom of the bowl. Yippee! I picked up the bowl and began scraping the green goodness together to spoon onto my plate. A man was at the other side of the table taking some of a different salad. “Oh, were you wanting some of this one?” I asked “I’m about to take the rest of it.”
He looked at it for a minute and then nodded, “Yeah, I didn’t get to try that one the first time around.” Happy to share I handed him the bowl. What happened next I remember as in very slow motion. He took the bowl and tilted it toward his plate. With the spoon he dragged a small helping onto his plate, making sure to grab some avocado. I went as if to reach to take the bowl back, but he decided to grab a couple more of the chunks of avocados. Then I watched as he slowly took all the avocados and the lettuce, and then he stirred around a few cherry tomatoes at the bottom of the bowl as if in indecision and then handed me the bowl!
Ah ha ha ha! It was so unexpected! I was so incredibly shocked, and found it very hilarious. Somehow I kept from bursting out laughing as I didn’t want to embarrass him, but the lone tomatoes at the bottom of the bowl were not the least bit appealing. What would you have done?
I put the bowl back down tomatoes and all and grabbed a different bowl of salad and said, “Well, I think I’ll try this one instead.” But oh how I laugh every time I think of it. I may think twice next time before offering to share the last of great food at a potluck. In fact, I think I’ll just take it and run!