How to Discourage Unwanted Guests at Suppertime
My mother often repeated the following anecdote to me and anyone else that would listen.
It was the 1930s, the height of the American depression, and a new family moved in a few doors down. Unfortunately, they had the bad habit of continually dropping in around suppertime. To be gracious, my grandfather would offer to feed them also. They not only took him up on his offer, but literally piled their plates high with food leaving little for the family. Shortly after supper, they would literally eat and run.
One night, as usual, during suppertime, there was a knock on the front door. Before opening the door, my grandfather told the rest of the family that at the end of the meal to just go along with what he says. Sure enough it was the pesky neighbors. Supper went on as usual. Near the end of the meal, but before the pesky neighbors left, my grandfather announced that it was time to wash the dishes. He called Rex, the family dog, over to him. He then held his plate down for Rex to lick. The neighbors had a very strange look on their faces. Then my grandfather asked one of the neighbors for their plate and again held it down for Rex to lick. Lastly, my grandfather stated that this is how they washed their dishes. The pesky neighbors never dropped in again at suppertime. I wonder why?