I still feel almost anxious.
Am a sugar thief.
Mr. Jenny took me out to dinner the other afternoon.
It was delicious.
After we ate, we ordered some coffee.
I drink mine with cream.
And no sweetener.
The waitress put the little rectangular container on the table filled with sugar and sweetener packets.
After we finished our coffee and Mr. Jenny paid the bill I grabbed two.
It made me nervous.
I carried them in an obvious way in my hand, but I still felt weird.
And I truly expected someone to yell, "Stop! Thief!" at me.
After we got in the truck I put them in the cup holder.
I asked Mr. Jenny if it was wrong to steal two sugar packets.
He looked at me in an odd way.
Can you believe it?
It was a serious heart-wrenching question.
And he looked at me in an odd way.
"I don't even know why you took them," he said. "You never even eat sugar. You never use sugar."
"Well," I explained. "You know how before the girls went to Ireland in December I bought a little box of sugar?"
He nodded even though I don't think he really remembered at all.
"I used that all up when they were still here."
He nodded again.
"And now I don't have any sugar in the house and I wanted to make sure I had a little bit."
He nodded while giving me the "I have a crazy wife" look.
"So I thought since they offered me sugar with my coffee it would be okay to take two packages."
"Was that stealing? Was that wrong? Should we go back and I'll give them back?"
Mr. Jenny thought about it for a few minutes.
He appeared to be quite thoughtful before he replied.
Or else he was just deciding how to best answer a sugar thief.
"I think it's okay," he finally said. "It's not like you took the salt and pepper shakers. Or the tablecloth. Or the silverware."
"Yeah, you're right," I agreed.
I felt a little better.
I still feel a teensy bit guilty.
And I may never go back to that restaurant again just in case they have a sugar thief alert picture of me by the cash register.
But on the plus side...
If anyone comes to visit me that wants to eat a sugar packet, I'm all set.
And I even have a spare.
In case they want to eat two!