Did you ever wonder who made up the so-called “Five Second Rule?” You know the one where if some food item falls on the floor, it’s okay to just pick it up and eat it as long as it’s not been there for more than five seconds?
I don’t remember that rule from my childhood, though I do remember that if you ate some food off of another’s plate, for some reason it didn’t taste the same as the same food on your plate.
Oh … and another rule: Never criticize the food at a covered dish or potluck … invariably the person sitting across from you is kin to the cook!
It starts early … like touch a girl and get germs – KOOTIES!
Therefore someone invented the “no germ shot.”
Everyone catches on quickly to: Finders keepers, losers weepers.
Sayings like: “I know you are, but what am I?”
Then there’s one I learned on an episode of the Brady Bunch: “I’m rubber and you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.”
And at church Camps — like Camp St Thecla, Camp St Raphael and the Antiochian Village — if you’re caught with your elbows on the table during meals – all the campers join in singing a song to you which demands that you, in turn, stand and sing a song …
“Get your elbows off the table Fr Joseph …”
As we grow up, we also tend to grow callous; there are just so many rules & laws …
What, you may ask, does this have to do with the ancient faith and our struggle toward salvation? EVERYTHING … because it’s ALL about the struggle toward salvation!
There’s truly nothing new under the sun …
Which brings us to …
The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.