Yes. Truly this is a treasured spoon. Its a silver spoon with wonderful carvings. Can you guess the age of this ? It would be at least more than 20 years as it was almost 20 years since it came to our house. Amma bought it from a gold smith when I was doing 8th grade. It was a second hand sale but amma was fascinated by the carvings done on it.
Since then she had treasured it for years. She had never used it for serving or feeding anybody but only for doing neivedhyam (offerings to GOD) during festival days. A few years back appa wanted a spoon to offer thulasi theertham with it and amma was more than happy to give it to him. Appa being a very religious person used to perform pooja and abhishekam at home everyday. He used to clean the spoon with soap and scratch pad everyday. One fine day amma discovered due to this regular scratching the carvings in the spoon started wearing out. She immediately got back the spoon from appa and tucked it back in the safety locker.
Nowadays the treasured spoon comes out for our darshan only during festival days that too indulged in a bowl full of payasam!
When Jai and Bee announced this month’s theme for CLICK is metal, one thing that came to my mind is this spoon. Amma was really happy that her treasured thing is going to participate in such a wonderful event. She generously gave it for a polish and it was absolutely lovely looking. I tried my best to capture it properly even though all the loving memories and amma’s attachment towards this little piece is invisible.
But when I was trying to click it, my younger one came and picked it up eagerly and before me getting alert she banged it on the floor. Before grabbing it from her hands I timidly turned towards my amma who was sitting next to me. To my surprise I could find nothing but a glorious smile on her face. She was happy to see her grand daughter playing with her treasured little piece instead of getting furious on seeing it getting banged on the floor! Crazy grand mothers!