Chicken soup may be good for the soul — but something has to bring it to your lips.
I daresay that what’s best about chicken soup, or any dish that warms the soul, is the connection to family memories. Memories nourish us spiritually, emotionally, and that probably does us more good than the food-stuff ladled in it. According to June, a collector of silver, silver plate, and stainless steel children’s spoons, spoons are “a warm fuzzy reminder of the joy of childhood, as well as being functional for every day use.”
Janice Frankhouser has a collection of 165 silver and pewter spoons, primarily given to her by her son-in-law, Air Force Lt. Col. Subhaker Satyanarayan, who made it a practice to send her the spoons whenever duty took him to a foreign country. The spoons do more than help teach geography or serve as travel souvenirs, they commemorate the family connection. As Janice says, “My collection is not just about the spoons, but about the joy of sharing memories. The spoons represent tiny treasures that are priceless.”
I myself collect movie star spoons. While they aren’t tied to such personal memories, they do connect me in spirit to past generations of women. And, of course, the hobby of collecting creates memories too. Each spoon I find now has it’s own story of how and why I got it. That feeds my soul. And who knows, those memories may mean something to the rest of the family too.
Photo of Janice and John I. Frankhouser Jr. with her spoon collection by Ben Hasty of Reading Eagle.