As I recall, I was never allowed to play with toys at the table, not even at Christmas. However, as our family sat around the dinner table this evening, presents still lingering close at hand, Matthew was playing with the tape measurer he received this morning. He wanted the tape to stay out but hadn't quite figured out how to slide the button to do so. He passed the tape measurer to me to elicit my help. I promptly dropped it in my mashed potatoes. I had just finished telling Matthew that it wasn't a good idea to play with toys/tools at the table because we could get food on them. However, I had a solution...I began to lick the potatoes off of his tape measurer. At which point Matthew said, "Mom! Don't lick my tape measurer. It's not yummy!"
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...thank you, Captain Obvious. :P