Punch Bowl · 3 July 2011

For some reason, the fact that I had a punch bowl before we got married is a great source of amusement for my wife, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi. She likes to laugh at me whenever we use it or whenever we loan it out for somebody else to use. I am not sure why she laughs at me. After all, every bachelor needs a punch bowl.

Most people who see our punch bowl for the first time marvel that we even have one. I suppose it is one of those things people want to have, but never think practical to have. It takes up lots of space and rarely gets used. I never thought about it that way. After all, my parents have always had a punch bowl and I have had one since not long after college.

I guess that always having had a punch bowl was why I got one. Of course, I did not buy it for myself. I am far too practical (spelled c-h-e-a-p) to have ever bought one for myself. (Which might also be a reason most people never get one.) I got one when my sister was in college.

When my sister and her friends were in college, they spent as much time at my house as they did in the dorms or their apartments. At least it seemed like it. They would ride the bus down just to be with me on weekends. Sometimes they did laundry, but usually they just watched movies, listened to music, and ate. I did not even need to be there. (So I guess they did not really come down to be with me.)

Sometimes, the girls had little parties. And no party is complete without punch. They liked to make that punch with soda pop and juice with the big block of sherbet floating in it. Which of course, can only be made in a punch bowl. That is why I had a punch bowl when The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi and I got married. The girls got me a punch bowl so that they could use it. If I recall correctly, they gave it to me as a birthday present and we used it that day. And we used it many times while my sister and her friends were in college.

“...every bachelor needs a punch bowl.”

Naturally, I need to tell the story whenever we have the punch bowl out. After all, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi is not the only one who thinks it odd that a man would have a punch bowl before he got married. Like I said, it seems most people think it odd to have a punch bowl at all. So I tell the story.

Personally, I think that everybody ought to have a punch bowl. And if those punch bowls come with the fancy glasses, all the better. Not only are they great for parties, they are wonderful conversation pieces. Especially for bachelors. And those married guys who brought the punch bowl to the marriage. If for no other reason than to entertain their friends and amuse their wives with the story. That is what I do. Every time we get the punch bowl out.

© 2011 Michael T. Miyoshi

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