Old faithful
Saturday January 04th 2014, 9:55 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Life

See how innocent it looks. Not a soupcon of suspicion. (Chicken noodle soup on the side for his foggybraining head cold.)

BPA-free package, the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Soup box said. The flap was solid across, no indented dots, just, Squeeze in at the four corners to open. Odd.

My hands just plain weren’t big enough and clearly weren’t strong enough. I would just have gone and gotten the scissors and been done with it but curiosity got the better of me–was that really the right way to open such a thing? Thwarted, I didn’t see how it made sense.

My friend Lynda was talking about words that the English language needs to have.

He didn’t get up and come into the kitchen, he just helpfully took the package from my hands. He didn’t read the instructions, he just queried me and I helpfully parroted again what the thing said, so, okay: and my 6’8″ husband with his great big hands gave that little box a good short hard squish suddenly with the bottoms of both palms in the very instant that I knew too late to beg him to forget what I said and not, just, not.

English fails for when you’re suddenly helpless, crying, laughing, quite unable to stand upright, utterly dissolved–but at the same time also very sorry that you’re totally losing it in front of someone who’s paying for the source of that mirth and incurred it for your own sake and you know it though he would never say it and ohmygoodness.

Mentos and coke. Snowblowers hitting a row of jack o’lanterns. Think redhead with highlights, spaghetti sauce around toddlers, the shirt, the pants, the hair, the chair, the desk, the floor: nailed’em all.

Bless him, he thought it was funny, too, though honestly perhaps not quite so much. (Where do you want me to put these, dear? Washing machine, right? Yes please, I answered, trying to be meek and thanking him for helping me. There have been random snorts of laughter all evening since. Geysers! I’m sorry, honest I am. Butbutbutbut. !!)

I think that Amazon gift certificate from my brother might need to go to a new keyboard, maybe for insurance’s sake while we can still get the ergonomic ones cheap, but so far his still seems to be working after all.

After he got cleaned up he was even willing to eat some of that soup.  What fell back into the box was still left.

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Oh. My. Oh. No! I can just see the calamity. Bless Richard for laughing, too.

Comment by DebbieR 01.04.14 @ 11:42 pm

I will keep this in mind… (giggle-snort)! Thank him for taking one for the team.

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 01.05.14 @ 12:38 am

So funny! What a guy!

Comment by Henya 01.05.14 @ 8:13 am

mentos and coke – a perfect description!

Comment by twinsetellen 01.05.14 @ 9:52 am

Yet one more reason I hesitate to ask for help. Glad you all survived the unexpected geyser.

Comment by Ruth 01.05.14 @ 4:31 pm

Laughter is good for the soul, but I think that’s one pumpkin product I will leave in the store.

Comment by Channon 01.05.14 @ 8:15 pm

LOL! Being a Trader Joe’s employee, I have to admit I couldn’t understand how to open this package, too, until I had someone explain it it me. Too funny about Richard’s method. Sad, though, because that soup is so good, too bad most ended up un-eatable.

Comment by Greta 01.06.14 @ 12:46 am

I’ve done that. DH doing some beloved maintenance before it was needed, squirting, squirting, squirting pink oil into a lock, then inserting the key into lock, and he was surprised that he hadn’t left enough air for the key inside the lock, when pink oil came rushing out on to his clean white T shirt hands and jeans, I never lived it down.

Comment by StellaMM 01.06.14 @ 1:47 am

I know this is a VERY old post (what can I say, catching up!), but there’s actually a name for that phenomenon (a language lacking a word it should have)–it’s called a “lexical gap.” The most common example in grammatical circles is that of the opposite of orphan–we have a word for a child with no parents, but not parents who have lost children.

Comment by Lanafactrix 04.16.14 @ 9:04 pm

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