My sister, Monica, told me this story and it cracks me up. It’s such a perfect illustration of human nature.
She was at a professional conference, standing at the back of the room near the table with coffee and doughnuts. A well groomed woman came up to the table, and as she reached for a doughnut she accidentally bumped it, knocking it to the floor. The woman looked around quickly, then stooped to pick it up. She stood there holding it uncertainly, looking a little embarrassed.
“That’s okay,” Monica assured her with a wink. “…Ten second rule.”
“Well if something drops onto the floor and it’s there less than ten seconds it’s okay to eat it.”
“Oh…” The woman smiled with uncertain relief, and nodded. Then she replaced the dropped doughnut onto the plate and picked up a different one for herself.
Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good!
Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what?
As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything!
Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie.
(Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!)
John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah.
And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb!
I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!
May 10, 2011 at 8:00 am
I always heard it was the “5” second rule. But I suppose the extra five seconds helps.
May 10, 2011 at 9:17 am
I think you’re right, Matthew. Maybe it’s 10 seconds for public places… 🙂
May 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Kinda hungry for a taco now BUT I’ll stay with my original thoughts for leftover chicken breast as a basic ingredient in a salad.
May 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Very funny story!
May 13, 2011 at 6:28 am
LOL! Such a funny story! I def live by the rule too…shhhhhh
May 13, 2011 at 6:32 am
Mum’s the word.