Pop Quiz: Ice Cream + Georgian Spoon = ?

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Remember pop quizzes at school? I’ve got to admit I was never too fond of them, but we had one in our house a couple of nights ago.

The answer all depends on your attitude.

Let’s set the scene – DH (dearest husband) decides to scoop out ice cream for himself and our son. The ice cream was Trader Joe’s mint chocolate chip. It is

  • yummy
  • rock solid

I’ve written before about just using your silver.

  • It’s so beautiful and functional.
  • It’s such a shame to keep it in storage and let it get tarnished with neglect.
  • We practice what I preach and really do use the pieces we have.

However, there are…ummm…limitations one must keep in mind.  A spoon – any spoon, vintage silver or stainless steel – is not the best item for scooping rock hard ice cream out of the container. (That’s what ice cream scoops are for.) When silver spoon was applied to rock hard ice cream, guess which won?


The ice cream scored a victory against the spoon. Cautious voice from kitchen “I think I’ve bent a spoon.”

Response from living room “OK, I’ll be there in a second.”

Attitude affects everything.

As it turns out the ice cream only scored a fleeting victory. I simply bent the spoon back into shape. Even if the neck had snapped clean off it would still have been OK, I’d have just sent it to get fixed. There are wonderful silversmiths out there. Our society has gotten out of the habit of fixing something when it breaks.

Let’s face it, accidents happen. Forks get acquainted with the disposal. Pieces get dinged. Spoons get used to scoop out ice cream. None of this is a catastrophe. Let’s keep this in proportion. A bent spoon is a family story.

A catastrophe is what’s going on in Japan.

Life and family are what’s important.

Things – no matter how expensive or humble – are just things.

Does anyone have any thoughts about this? I’d love to hear from you.

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4 thoughts on “Pop Quiz: Ice Cream + Georgian Spoon = ?

  1. WaterBetweenStonesNo Gravatar

    Ha-ha! Haven’t fallen into the bent spoon on hard ice cream blunder in a very long time! Learned my lesson, you see, it’s all in the quality of the neck, much like life. The DH may be the head of the family…. but it’s the neck that turns the head, IE- the wife, that holds all the power!!!!

  2. SilverMagpiesNo Gravatar Post author

    Hi WaterBetweenStones –

    I’m glad you liked the post. It seems to be a…noteworthy…experience for many people 🙂
    Thanks for commenting

    1. SilverMagpiesNo Gravatar Post author

      Hi Ivette

      I’m glad it had raised a chuckle or two. I had meant to write something completely different but in light of current circumstances it just seemed horribly inappropriate.

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