January 17, 2011

To Hoard a Biscuit

Growing up in a large family where you are all really close in age, teaches you a few things.

Like:
  • Keep your own toothbrush in your own room. It's just safer that way.
  • Never, ever, drink out of a used water bottle that has been left in the car, especially after a long car trip. 
  • Offering to lend your older brother a pair of your own jeans, leads to depression.
  • If you want seconds at any meal, eat faster, pile your plate higher, or hide and hoard.
So yes, I like to think I am the understanding sort.

Especially on that last issue. With the eight of us kids evenly divided between boys and girls, it was every man for himself at our house. Of course with older brothers, you learned to just go ahead a grab extras of whatever you wanted from dinner or chances are, you just wouldn't get any.

My little sis Becka even confessed to hiding leftover pizza in her scripture bag once, and took it to church, just to ensure she got some later.

I thought she was brilliant.

So I shouldn't have been surprised when I found this, but I was.


Apparently the "hide and hoard" concept is universal, even among my own children.

I'll have to remember to check their scripture bags from time to time.

19 super cool people speak:

T said...

ah... the "eat faster" technique was well practiced in our house of 9... which may explain my current need for a little bit of dieting :)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

LOL! Perhaps that explains my need to hide all my chocolate and eat it in the shower so I don't have to share.

Sue said...

This is good, adaptive behavior! Survival of the sneakiest.

;)

Patty Ann said...

OH, my kids all used to do this!! I have a son that used to find all the sweets and stash them away so that no one else could have any. Life in a big family is rather interesting!

Kristina P. said...

This is proof of nature vs. nurture!

Neisha said...

haha!

Royalbird said...

We definitely did the "eat faster" growing up (hey, I had five brothers!). In fact, dinner was at 6 pm every night and I remember my older brother coming in five minutes late once and there wasn't a scrap left!

He was never late again.

Mama Smith said...

It is SO FUN...to hear my children, now adults, talk about their growing up years...I NEVER KNEW about Bekah taking pizza to church...LOVE IT!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Ha ha ha! My grandpa used to joke that he'd lose a finger if he wasn't careful when the pie was brought out!

Amy said...

When I was growing up, Spaghetti-O's were a novelty. We used to hoard cans of it ALL the time. Then we'd try to wait until all of it was gone before bringing out our hidden can (usually kept in the underwear drawer) and gloating over our fine meal.

Lisa said...

My parents told us their Pepsi was OFF LIMITS, on account of it would rot our guts. Too true. But anyway, we perfected the art of opening the fridge and taking a swig of the open bottle with lightening quick speed, then closing the door, before they noticed the "pause" that meant we'd been swigging. Then when the Pepsi got a little bit low, and they were sure to notice, we'd add "just a little bit" of water. Mm hmm. Not quite as brilliant as we thunk. :)

Kim Coates said...

That actually looks like cauliflower to me. Are you sure they were hiding it for hoarding purposes, or was it just so they didn't have to eat it? :)

Kim Coates said...

Okay, now that I've read the title again, I feel kind of dumb! Biscuits are far more worthy of hoarding than cauliflower. :)

The Martos Fudge said...

Yummm. That so looks tasty. I wonder if they wanted to make some penicillin also? I will have to remember that one. One day when hopefully my house will be full of munchkins.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

But wait---they're hoarding cauliflower??? Sorry, I think you got that wrong...they are HIDING it so they didn't have to eat it, haha!!! I totally know the hoarding thing and it's something you have to break yourself of as an adult. Being the oldest of 10 kids, I still have issues with scarfing a whole bag of peanut M&Ms as fast as I can for fear someone will eat them. But then I realize they are MINE and I can get more. The joys of big families! :)

The Damsel in Dis Dress said...

Oldest of nine, mom of 7. I gotz skillz.

And I also wasn't positive what I was looking at between your books until I reread the title. HAHAHA

Rachel Sue said...

I love it. But honestly, I had one sister and I don't really know what you're talking about. But I'm guessing that I will find out soon enough. . .

Stef said...

Ha. That is awesome. There were 8 of us kids too. And on the rare occassion that Mom bough sweet sugar, it was the crack of dawn if you wanted your fair share. Seriously. Hubs doesn't believe me sometimes, the rationing that was necesary. But then again there were only 3 of them.

M-Cat said...

I had to learn to eat fast when the boys were all teenagers. I didn't get ANYTHING if I didn't! And I only had 3 of them

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