I have to relay a funny story. One that my husband and I refer to in order to remind each other that one of us (usually me) is over-reacting. By simply saying, writing, texting, IM'ing, emailing the following phrase, a stressful situation is diffused and we smile, laugh, shake our heads, flip each other off while blowing a kiss, etc: "There's Pepper in the Gravy!"
Here is the background and why I think every couple needs a similar phrase.
The scene: Thanksgiving 2009 at my mom's house for dinner, with my Bonus Mom (stepmother), Dad, Husband, and two kids under 4.
In the 8'x8' kitchen: Turkey just came out of the oven, Dad is asked to carve. Rolls go in. I am assembling the salad, Mom is whisking the rue for the gravy and adding the turkey drippings (another story). Husband is holding baby, #1 son is entertaining himself (got to love an almost 5 year old). All of a sudden Mom screams, "S__T! There's pepper in the Gravy!" and begins to frantically open and slam shut EVERY drawer in the kitchen, looking for...what, a ladle? Something to remove the pile of black pepper that she dumped into the gravy when the Costco-sized spice-lid fell off.
The gravy was ruined. But we still sat down to a wonderful dinner surrounded by divorced, but properly behaving biological parents, a bonus Mom that loves me, my husband and my two baby boys. And then there was the torching of the creme brulee...
The moral of this blog?
When there is pepper in your gravy - remember what really matters: time spent with family. The gravy might be ruined, but if you let that get to you and focus on it - you might miss a memorable moment.
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