I have noticed a disturbing trend in the amount of napkins passed through a fast food drive thru window.
Namely that the amount is decreasing as time goes by and occasionally, none make the passage from restaurant to car. That’s right, no napkins what. so. ever.
Possibly you are mentally praising these fine establishments for their environmentally friendly practices as well as their money saving techniques. Fine, sure, that’s a factor. In fact I’m sure that piles of math people put a bunch of factors together and decided that if they stopped handing out napkins to poor deserving mothers, they would save 7,00,000,000 trees per year.
But here is some math of my own for you.
3 kids+ 1 moving vehicle+ any kind of food = the need for 5,678 napkins per child
Possibly some of you are mentally scolding me for letting my children eat in the car or eating from fast food establishments to begin with. I’d argue that point except the thought of not feeding my kids while driving made me snort diet coke out my nose with laughter.
Not an option.
Question: Solve for X, 3 kids + 1 truck + 4 hours of driving + X = 30 min of quiet
Answer: French fries
Possibly you are thinking we could use our own hand towels. And I have! I have wiped up ketchup spills with dirty socks and mopped spilled drinks with shirts I found crammed under the seat and used the pants that were still in the back from the last major food catastrophe to clean up the current one. But you know what happens to those lovely reusable bits of cloth.
Because if I were the kind of person who took everything out of the vehicle once we got home, I wouldn’t have had any “napkins” to begin with.
Question: If one mom has two hands and three kids have six hands and there are 45,689 items in the truck that should come into the house and mom has to pee, how many things make it through the front door?
Answer: 7: a cell phone, two “don’t-touch-it’s-special-to-me” toys and four pieces of junk mail.
And one final math problem for you.
Question: If three kids change their orders 3.4 times each, what is the percentage chance that the mother will also remember to ask for napkins when picking the food up at the window?
Extra credit: How many orders will she get wrong?
Answer: 1.3 but only because the kids changed their mind again after the order was placed.
In conclusion: Give a mother some napkins! The math says she needs them.