Time to Write – “Really, Really Hungry”

“What’s that smell?” A child of five years, asks the question when entering the living room full of adults. I love the honesty of children but sometimes their questions may cause an uncomfortable situation.

When my children were young and I was a busy mother, I prided myself on fixing good meals. My husband liked to bring home friends from work or out of town visitors to the office. I had cooked a southern favorite, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, apple pie and usual sides. Our visitor was a large man with an unusually big mouth. Our children were usually polite and we never worried about their behavior at dinner. As we all sat around the table, our children’s eyes were fixated on the guest.

Apparently enjoying the provided fare, our guest smacked, gobbled, licked his large lips, snarfed, guzzled, and demolished as he cleaned his plate after several helpings. I tried to shoot a few quiet daggers to my kids warning them not to stare, but they were mesmerized. Our oldest uttered “I guess you are really, really hungry!” Luckily the man was so involved in quenching his appetite, he must not have heard our son over his own noise. I glanced at my husband and he had this irritating smile on his face. A quick thought passed through my brain that this might be a hoax, unfortunately it was not.

After the meal, thank heavens the man went to his hotel room to stay and left town the next day. I have to add that after the children were in bed asleep, my husband and I had a giggling fit over the evening dinner event.



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