Have you ever had popcorn burn in the microwave? Leave the little folded package in too long and you have a stinky mess.
Well, this is the story of the day I came home from to find a bag of burnt microwave popcorn on bench outside the front door.
To set the scene, I had left my 3 children home while I was out—the youngest at the time was 11 years old and his sisters were 2 and 4 years older than him. They were all doing their own thing that afternoon and I was gone not longer than 2-3 hours. The rule of the house is that no one cooks when mom is away.
After seeing the burnt popcorn bag outside, I was a bit angry because the kids knew not to use the stove when I was not there. I did what any mom would do- I went to interrogate the guilty parties. My son was the alleged culprit—darn kid said he was hungry! He decided that using the microwave—especially for 3 minutes or less --- did not constitute cooking. “Besides,” he said, “technically it was not using the stove.” His story was that somehow the popcorn burned and it had stunk up the place so he put the bag outside. I reprimanded him to be safe and responsible and figured no harm done. Case closed.
Mothers of teens and pre-teens: Always ask the unasked questions! Always assume there might be more! My advice is to add on to every interrogation, “….and what else?”
You see, as Paul Harvey used to say, "Here’s the rest of the story…”
A few days later as the family was talking, one of my girls revealed a little bit more. As we were talking, she says…”you know, it was right after the firemen were here.”
Oh yeah....they were here. As the popcorn began to burn in the microwave that day it began to smoke. The bag actually caught on fire (quickly put out). It set off our monitored smoke/theft alarms and the sirens began to blare through the neighborhood. The fire department was automatically called and the firetrucks came sirens on and all to the house.
For the fire.
Of course by the time they got there all they found was a scared young boy, his teenage sisters, and a burnt bag of microwave popcorn.
Had my girls not slipped and let it come out in natural conversation, I might have never known the fire department had been to the house that day.
And that is the rest of my microwave popcorn story.
Have firemen been called to your house over popcorn?