Monday, July 09, 2007

The things I continue to notice...

Our silverware here in the U.S. of A. is fabulous. It doesn't bend at a 90 degree angle very easily at all. For those of you who have seen The Matrix, I am certain that they used Kurdish metal eating utensils for the "bend the spoon" tricks.

In addition, we have spoons that will fit in your mouth. In Kurdistan there is one size of spoon, it is generally the size we would use as a small serving spoon, just a bit larger than a tablespoon. Ahh... revel in your instruments for eating! They are a great blessing.

6 comments:

Jeff Moss said...

This isn't exactly on topic, but my parents in West Virginia have a new neighbor -- a Dr. Chalak Berzingi. Is this a Kurdish name?

thebeloved said...

Well, I don't know. I haven't heard the name before but I ran across this article with google, so it is possible.

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-woelec31q4130755jan31,0,3347060.story

Nick Jesch said...

Hmmmm..methinks they use the same stuff in the Dominican Republic. Perhaps both are made in China? We likely throw away tons of decent tableware here in the USA every week...I am guessing a small part of which ends up at the Sally Anne or Goodwill, and can be had for next to nothing. Forty Bucks at Costco will bring a setting for twelve, in high quality, thick, very beautiful stainless..but then, forty bucks is more than a typical months' wages for a family there, right? What a different perspective....and one which we, for the most part, take as our entitled due. I have often thought that a part of a believer's education and coming to maturity ought to include a year in some place such as Kurdistan, a Dominican barrio, a small village in Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, rural Mexico far from the tourist paths. Perhaps there would even be far fewer divorces after such an experience, which would put life's little hassles into a more accurate perspective. So she "burns the toast", eh? Well, find a knife, or a stick, and scrape off the burned part, and eat what remains with thanksgiving that there is SOMETHING to eat, and a Bride to prepare it for you!!

e-Mom said...

Fascinating! We do take simple things like good silverware for granted, until we travel outside the US. Have you tried eating with chopsticks? I think I've finally mastered my technique. :~)

eph2810 said...

Actually, I brought all my silverware from my home-country, Germany. It doesn't bend either *smile*...
Lately I have trying to eat with chopsticks...our son is very patient with me :)

Be blessed today and always.

thebeloved said...

e-mom and eph2810--I LOVE to eat with chopsticks! I learned to use them as a small child from my mother who had learned from her father who had spent time in Vietnam. Then after 2 summers in Japan I became very proficient. I hope you have fun!

nick jesch--The concept of perspective is such an amazing thing. I am not a relativist, but I see how our perspective does change our behavior and our attitude quite often!