Here is a short story I wrote called Unforgettable Dinner Guests.
by me Nickie Korpal. I was in the process of making this book into a picture book but decided to just release it as is. Hope you enjoy reading it. Thank you for reading!
Fannie Marsh and Emily Hopper has different types of table manners, who are you more like Fannie or Emily? Read on and find out!
Emily gets home from school, takes off her coat, hangs it on a clothes hanger in the front closet. She takes off her shoes, and places them in the closet and kisses her mother a warm greeting.
Fannie entrance is more extreme. Like a mighty hurricane Fannie runs in. She throws her coat on the floor, school backpack flies in the air landing anywhere and sometimes everywhere. Fannie walks onto her Mother’s clean floor with her muddy shoes making paths in all different directions toward the television set and refrigerator without a word to her dear Mother.
Emily makes sure her homework and chores complete before watching television or playing outside.
Fannie like clockwork parades into the house and quickly turns the television so LOUD as her favorite cartoons rings out. Fannie does not care who is watching what at that time! Cartoons comes first! Homework and Chores what’s that?
When Emily mother said, “Time to eat!”
Emily Hooper washes her hands and face before eating,
Fannie never washes her hands before eating but rather sit with her dirty elbows on the table yelling “HURRY UP! BRING IT ON NOW, I’M HUNGRY!” She sits picking her nose, while tasting each dish with her grimy and filthy little fingers.
Emily places her napkin on her lap, so its ready to wipe for misses or messy hands or face.
Fannie wears her napkin on her head and plays peaky boo with her dog Sweetie under the table.
Time for the dinner prayers, Emily bows her head as her mother gives the blessing. Emily quietly says thank you to God for the food served tonight!
Poor Fannie fidgets in her sit as the blessing is being said. Without thinking Fannie starts filling her dish with food and gets up to watch TV. She expressed as she watching TV, “ I LOVE PINCH THE CLOWN HE’S MY HERO!”
Emily always asked anyone near her dish of choice. “Please pass the green beans! Thank-you!” Emily never reaches in front of anyone for a dish she was eying. Emily is always polite!
Fannie pushes and grabs and even sits on the table just to reach her favorite dill pickles across the table. “Watch out Mother!” O’ No! A whole dish of red beets falls into Mrs. Marsh’s lap! Mrs. Marsh's white skirt now is a red beets polka-dots mess.
Emily would only eat small bits and wiped her mouth after each,
Fannie stuffs her mouth full, as she let her food dribble down her cheeks! Fannie would start to cough and vomit on her dish any food she dislike or couldn’t fit.
Emily would not speak until her mouth was clear,
Fannie talks with her mouth full and laughs for more. Fannie favorite trick would be to open her mouth wide and yell. “ SEE FOOD!”
Causing Mr. Marsh’s eyeglasses, to become filled with crackers and salvia.
Emily would never play with her food, at the dinner table she is there to eat,
Fannie creates castles with her potatoes, carrots became trains and her peas are Queens and Kings!
Emily knew which utensil to use for each course.
Fannie ate her soup with her fork, peas with her knife, ate her ice cream with her hands and licks her dish clean! YUM! YUM!
Emily would be willing to try new foods, without a complaint,
Fannie when presented with a new cuisine she never had. Fannie would have a tantrum and yell, “WHAT IS THAT? I WANT ICE CREAM BRING IT ON, NOW!” and than Fannie would feed it to her pet goldfish Goldilock.
Emily would ask, “May I be excused” and always takes her dishes to the sink,
Fannie got up throughout the whole meal to watch television, go the bathroom and even sat under the table barking for more food. Throughout the whole meal Fannie has been all through the house food and all. Leaving a trail wherever she goes. When she was finish eating, like a flash she was in front of the television, sound turned up full blast and dirty dish left for her mother to clean up.
Emily always thanks, the cook after she ate or thanks the hostess or host for inviting her over for supper and ask to help with the dishes.
Fannie would BLURP with a big smile on her face! Fannie flew to her bedroom, like a dust storm leaving her remains behind as she hid under the bed until the dishes and kitchen is clean.
Now the test begins:
Who are you more like Emily or Fannie, when it comes to table manners or just being a guest for dinner at someone house or even dining out? Please say you are more like Emily Hooper, and never dare to be like Fannie Marsh.
Thank you for reading. See more of my eBooks at rejoicewithin.com
Author,Artist and Illustrator. Self Published author of eBooks and videos. Plus I do artwork on assignments and teach classes.