|A spoonful of memories, in my kitchen.|
And yet, still...as housewares passed from family to strangers, memories flickered in my head like movie trailers.
Not everything was put out for sale. Remnants of our life could be found at every turn. Little things...my dad's knife sharpener, old Christmas wrapping paper, an ancient, heavy stapler, and even things you can't sell – nor would anyone buy – like the particular smell of the basement, triggered vague, familiar feelings and images. In one drawer, a set of cheap aluminum measuring spoons, still held together by a little chain at the top of their handles, lay among the flotsam. I grabbed them to take home with me. These measuring spoons helped make chocolate chip cookies, homemade breads, and Sunday morning coffee cake. They helped make birthday cakes and the frosting to top them. These spoons were gold to me, certainly worth more than the quarter someone might toss at us for it today. They helped make life taste good.
Now they hang on a hook in my kitchen – where I can use them again and be reminded that treasured memories are often made up of the seemingly mundane things we do in our lives every day. It's in doing "small things with great love," as Mother Teresa said, that let's you look back and smile. Little things matter.