Festive seasonal salt and pepper shakers.
Cole: I hate our salt and pepper shakers. (the other night at dinner)
Me: Excuse me?
Cole: I hate our salt and pepper shakers.
Me: All of them?
Cole: All of them.
Me: You hate all our festive, seasonal salt and pepper shakers? That is pretty harsh. Even the flamingos?
Cole: Mom, I feel like I’m going to flatten them every time I pick them up. How do you expect me to shake this?
Me: They are a little delicate. You have to be gentle.
Cole: Mom, salt and pepper shakers are meant to be turned upside and shaken.
Me: Gently. What about the peacocks? Those are sturdier.
Cole: I broke the plume on one.
Me: You did? That’s awful. How did that happen?
Cole: I used it.
Me: You are too rough with things. Can it be glued?
Cole: Mom, we need useful salt and pepper shakers.
Me: I love our salt and pepper shakers. What about the seahorses?
Cole: (cue: rolling eyes): The salt has one hole. One hole. Why can’t we just have regular salt and pepper shakers like a normal family?
Me: So ordinary. You always loved Mr.and Mrs. Leprechaun.
Cole: They don’t work. The stoppers fall out when you shake them.
Me: They are so cute.
Cole: Mom, they are just supposed to dispense salt and pepper. They aren’t cute when they swamp your food with salt or pepper.
Me: (sigh) What do you suggest?
Cole: I could order some beautiful, earthy, wooden salt and pepper shakers from Amazon. They would go nicely with your pottery and be a real asset to any meal you fix.
Me: They are going to be ugly, aren’t they?
Cole: I will be able to pick them up without worrying about a wing or a foot breaking off. They will work.
Me: Fine. But the new shakers are an early Christmas present.
Cole: Mom, it’s August.
Me: I’ll remember. And speaking of Christmas, during the holidays we use Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Or no deal.
Cole: Fine. I can order them?
Me: Go ahead.
When the package arrived from Amazon, Cole was as excited as the day I finally admitted the toothpaste tube was empty and agreed to a new tube. Do you think I’m spoiling him?
When did it happen? When did my cute little boy who loved switching out the festive, seasonal salt and pepper shakers grow up and become such a guy?
Odd Loves Company!
The video is cut off at the end because my phone rang and I felt Cole had more than made his point.
For the record: I do not collect salt and pepper shakers, I just enjoy a pretty table and I am of the opinion that my seasonal salt and pepper shakers while not all together useful are festive and add to the ambiance of my table.