In celebration of the Spoons of our life–ubiquitous but often unrecognized–Blue Towel Productions is proud to present the Daily Spoon, which we were are celebrating this September, the Month of the Spoon. #MonthoftheSpoon
Today’s entry is special to me, because it’s actually a bit of a family heirloom, or at least it’s got the potential to be.
At first glance, it’s just an ordinary spoon, like the one I had breakfast with back on Day 1. In fact, this is the spoon that I had breakfast with today.
But what makes it special is that it’s part of a set that belonged to my grandparents.
I’m not sure if it goes back any further than that, so I don’t know if it fully has attained “heirloom” status or not. But even though my grandparents passed away a long time ago, these were still in their house in Denver, where my aunt was living until a few years ago.
Then, when she could no longer stay there on her own, she moved in with my parents, and we began more actively clearing out all the things that were there in the old place. In the course of things, we took possession of this cutlery set.
The “A” on the handle stands for “Agatsuma”, which was my mother’s family name. That side of the family is Japanese, and they wound up in Denver when they were amongst the roughly 110,000 people of Japanese descent who forcibly moved and incarcerated by the US government from their home in California after America’s became involved in World War II.
Since it’s hard to imagine them holding onto possessions like an entire set of cutlery, it’s my assumption that my grandparents acquired these knives, forks, and, yes, spoons sometime after that.
As for the spoon itself, it’s elegant and functional. It has a fancy look to it, but not so high-brow that you feel like you can’t eat your cereal with it.
Anyway, this spoon and its brethren create a nice connection back to that side of my family. I like having them.
You can join us tomorrow for more of The Daily Spoon here on Blue Towel Productions’ The Month of the Spoon.