Last week I also cleaned off the shelf above the microwave, home of the Pope Bell:
He serves three functions:
1. making non-Catholic friends and family, stop and wonder if they should draw attention to the unseemliness of my cultural and religious heritage.
2. making me think of my mom who bought this at a garage sale because she knows about -- and is amused by -- point #1.
3. saving me the indignity of yelling when I want the children to come to the dinner table.
As I moved him out of the way of the cleaning cloth, the Pope Bell tintinnabulated1 very quietly. The boys came racing up the stairs.
"Is it dinner time?'
No, I answered
"Can we have cake?"
"Can you make us pancakes?"
"Pancakes AND bacon?"
I can't decide if this indicates my children are well-trained or underfed.
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1 -- using this word at suggestion of Mr Wrath.