I’m sure you’ve seen the meme on social media. The one that asks, “Who checks their eggs?” I personally can’t imagine buying a carton of eggs without checking them. This skill was ingrained in me at a young age. Being the fourth of five children, I did a lot of shopping with my mom. The “Big Kids” were all in school by the time I was born and the youngest didn’t come along until I was 7 so I got to do A LOT of shopping. I hate shopping now and my husband is eternally grateful to my mom.
One Saturday during my weekly grocery shopping trip I was in front of the dairy case, egg carton in hand, checking my eggs before I put them in my cart. I opened the carton and painstakingly touched each one as I visually checked their smooth brown surfaces. While I was inspecting my eggs I was approached by a twenty-something college student, “I gotta ask you,” he inquired, “why do you do that? Why do you check each egg? My mom does that and I never understood why.”
“Well,” I replied, “I check each egg to make sure they aren’t cracked.”
“But why do you touch each one? Isn’t looking at them enough?” he wondered.
“I touch each one to make sure it’s not stuck to the carton. You see, the egg could be cracked on the bottom and it would be stuck to the carton because it would have leaked out of the shell.” I answered.
“Oh wow! That makes sense. Thanks for solving that mystery for me.” he replied.
“Your welcome!” I responded.
Perhaps he really was curious or he was carrying out a fraternity dare, I don’t really know but I was happy to pass on my egg checking knowledge. I hope my own two sons learned this important skill from me and don’t have to stop a woman my age in the grocery store to ask her why she is checking her eggs.
Today I was at the grocery store and I was in front of the dairy case checking my eggs and I was glad I did.