The Watched Pot


Robert Leverett and Adam were in the kitchen preparing breakfast. I think Robert was making a bowl of oatmeal — the reason he had a pan of water on the stove.

He was staring intently down at the pan of water as the elements under it heated up. I was feeling impatient as I stood there watching him watch the pan and waiting for my chance to get into the already crowded kitchen.

“You know,” I commented, “A watched pot never boils.”

Rob looked up at me with a goofy grin. I knew then that I was going to regret having made that statement as he returned to staring down at the water in the pan.

In less than five-minutes the water was a rolling-boil.

“Well, I guess,” Robert started, “That old saying’s a bust.”

Adam laughed, knowing Rob had proved me wrong — yet again.

So, I decided there and then I’d stay away from meaningless idioms. Yeah, that hasn’t worked out so well either.

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