Monday, March 10, 2008

Three spoons and a fork

This is a short story about three spoons and a fork.

Prologue: In a moment where routine rules, how refreshing it is for an unlikely spell of comedy to turn the dull and mundane into something that brings a smile upon your face.

One afternoon (today), Caitlin was getting her own plate, fork and spoon ready for lunch while mum was getting the food to be served. She went to mum with a pink fork in hand and said, "I can't find the pink spoon, mum." So mum said, "How about another colour?" and went on with getting the food ready. Seconds later, a little chat was heard taking place at the cutlery drawer.

"Do you want to be my friend? No, I'm too sleepy. Do you want to be my friend? No, I'm too busy. Do you want to be my friend? No, I'm too grouchy!"

"Caitlin, what are you doing?" mum asked.

"I'm trying to get a spoon for the fork but they all don't want to be his friend," she said.

Holding up a blue spoon, "This one is too sleepy," she said and put the spoon back in the drawer. Likewise, she continued with the yellow one and said "This one is too busy" and for the orange spoon, "This one is too grouchy".

A smile crept upon mum's lips. It NEARLY turned into a laugh. Simultaneously, mum's eyes NEARLY rolled while her brains ALMOST said "Grrr, it's just forks and spoons and quit fooling around!"

Instead, mum said, "Well, how about this red one or this other yellow one?"

"Ok, I'll take the red one!"

Epilogue: Lunch was served. The red spoon and the pink fork danced together, twirling the noodles, scooping the soup and picking up the fishballs for a hungry little girl.

The moral of the story: All you need is imagination to turn even the most insignifcant thing you do into something fun. When it's something that you must or need to do, why not have fun while you're at it?

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about" - Angela Schwindt

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