Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Something fishy

At last the sun had gone down, bringing an end to the day's long, torturous fast. My mother and I went to a local Italian restaurant to celebrate. We go there occasionally, in spite of the fact that the big sign outside misspells "pizzeria." Once inside, we took our seats by the window and ordered a large pizza and some soft drinks. When my drink arrived, I noticed something unusual poking above the rim of the glass. Something that did not belong. I carefully fished out this piece of plastic, about an inch across. It was half black, half dirty-transparent. Thus began an inner dialogue in my well-wrinkled head.

"It is probably just a piece from an ice bag," one voice said. "It touches the ice anyway."

"Silence, fool!" my other voice boomed. "Only the inside of the bag would normally touch the ice. The outside is rolling around in the back of filthy trucks, being crawled upon by ungodly vermin and cockroaches. It is handled by countless grubby human hands before the ice reaches its destination. And now, that disgusting piece of plastic has contaminated your drink. Typhoid is probably just around the corner."

My other voice did not have a rebuttal. Just then, the waiter brought a fresh drink for my mother, who unlike me had been sipping her soda. I glanced down to see that the piece of plastic was no longer where I had left it on the corner of the table.

"What happened to that plastic?" I barked to my mother.

"Oh, I moved it," she said.

"Where did you put it?"

"I ... I don't know," she said nervously.

I gave her a long look. "You ate it, didn't you?" I queried. This she denied. "All right," I barked. "Where did you put it?"

She made a show of briefly fumbling through her pockets. "Oh, I don't know what I did with it," she said dismissively.

"I was thinking of asking the waiter for another drink," I said. "But you have apparently eaten the evidence."

"I did not," she said, averting her eyes.

The moral of the story is this, my flock: If you ever dine with my mother, watch her like a hawk.

9 comments:

Chelsea said...

My Mama can't be trusted around food either.

Not for a minute.

XOXOXO
CHELSEA

jan said...

Mothers seem to be that way, speaking as a mother.

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James Beauregard daPug said...

My Mama bit into a glob of clay, you know, DIRT, in some food served at Applebees. Mama almost got sick with that sandy goop in her mouth and the lame-brain restaurant manager said, "Well...let me pick up the bill for your lunch today."

I really wouldn't trust my Mama in any Applebees anymore...but she won't be going back - EVER!

J. B.

Brandi said...

Us pug mom's are a sneaky bunch. Muahahahaha!

Pappy's Fella said...

Oh great one, your site seemed to have passed on this morning, displaying nothing but black. We took this as a sign, but are most humbly grateful that you have been resurrected in all your glory.

Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

My people regularly eat paper, candy wrappers and plastic. They say they've just thrown it away, but we know better.

You really can't be too careful

Pippin, your servant

Tigersan said...

And me was told that having plastic at dinner was a good thing ;)

Leslee said...

intersting mother you have there...

Kaluah-lu said...

Mugsy:
You uncover a delicate area of concern. Not only do humans indulge in questionable behaviors, but they debate the obvious. Part of this is due to the line of questioning. The dog is always at the receiving end of the general rhetorical type, such as: "Did YOU do THIS?" which obligates no response on the part of the dog. Next time you direct a question to your human, try to adjust the intonation and inflection. You may wish to practice in front of a mirror.

Nuzzles and prods,
Lulu