While the boys' uncle was in town, we made a run to the grocery store to buy some goodies. We wandered down the cookie, chip, and candy aisles looking for delicious treats to buy. Finally, we settled on a couple bags of candy, an extra large bag containing a horrifically, sugary cereal, and a few different salty snacks. Son #1 and Son #2 were wild with excitement. We very rarely pick up these kinds of treats. The kids hung from our arms like wild monkeys as we rushed to purchase the junk food. Then, we headed home.
At the house, we began to unpack the grocery bags and place things in the cupboards. Their uncle ripped open a few of the snack bags and began to hand out the treats. Son #1 and Son #2 shoved the food into their mouths as fast as they could go. They were on a high speed race toward a sugar high that I was sure would last until morning. Suddenly, one of the candies fell from Son #1's hand and hit the floor. Son #1 looked around, unsure of what to do. I put my head to the side and said. "Pick it up. There's a three second rule."
Son #1 bent down to pick up the candy. He straightened up and asked. "What's a three second rule?"
"It's the number of seconds food can touch the ground before you can't eat it." I explained.
"Huh." Son #1 shrugged. He inspected the candy once more. "So, it's O.K. to eat?"
"Sure." I nodded.
Son #1 held the candy in his hand for a moment and then turned to his younger brother. "Here bro. Here's a candy for you."
Son #2 took the candy without question and popped it into his mouth.
"Mmm. Yummy!" Son #2 exclaimed.
My eyes widened with surprise. I guess that's one way to test out the accuracy of the "Three Second Rule".