Take good look at the Image below. What is it to you ? A picture showcasing a plastic object. Of course, just a spoon. Its an ordinary Object of daily use for many of us.
But not to me ! I Adore this Spoon with all my heart.
2011 , February 26. I marched into the kitchen shouting for tea, with camera dangling around my neck. It was a busy day at home where I was the photographer for the seasonal party with cousins , their brat children, old aunties and uncles. So Naturally, because it had been such a tiring time, Pakistanis can only yearn for one thing at such a moment. A good big mug of black tea… made by none other than their all time favorite person. Mum.
I found her in the kitchen and Thank God She was already making some . The water had been boiled and as she was standing holding a spoonful of Lipton’s crushed tea leaves ”chai ki patti” as we call it, ready to throw in it.
I sighed and passed a comment on the spoon she used everyday to do that.
“Tell me something , mama’ I started, ‘…Don’t you get tired of it. Buss karedey ab isko.’
She turned back and asked what was I referring to. And once she knew, she started laughing at me.
‘This spoon is no ordinary spoon, Pervisha. Take a good look at it. Read what it says!’
‘It says …Um…it says Meiji.’ I read the name on it and still no extra ordinary reason popped up into my mind , so important as to keep it. But mothers – Ah. Our lovely dear and Wise mothers always have wisdoms in their Kitchen — and in every utensil that they keep. It took her only 1 minute to make this spoon look extra ordinary from just an ordinary one to me. Let me tell you it’s story as it was told to me.
19bla bla October 5. “A weak baby girl named Pervisha came in this world –seemingly crying but happy– to join Khan Family. Everybody loved and cared for her. But Her mother loved her the most. She nourished her with everything best. And soon, with the blessings of Allah Almighty, the baby girl was a healthy toddler. However, when she reached a certain age. She became to develop lactose intolerance. It is the inability to metabolize lactose (a sugar found in milk and milk products), because of a lack of the required enzyme lactase in the digestive system… so unlike every other child who can drink normal milk every other day and digest it easily… This baby could not do so. So she was put on a special milk diet. Either it’s special powder milk or no milk at all.”
“BUT WHERE DOES THIS MEIJI SPOON FIT IN THIS STORY MOTHERRRRR???”
“Oh For God’s Sake Pervisha! I was getting to it — You simply ruined the history rewind moment for me –The spoon came along with the special Meiji powder Milk I bought for you back then. Now get out”
‘Awwwwww ..Mother!!! You kept it with you till now. How nice of you and … well- sort of weird.’
And ‘PATHAAKK’ , She threw me out of her historic Kitchen. I wonder what’s more in there. You’ll me amazed If I tell you what was next.
Take a Good look at this brush for an instance! (Again. its not just a brush. If your mother asks you to take a gooood goood look at something – Trust me – it’s definitely going be something related to you in the past or either she just wants u to own it in the future.)
So this brush! Yes – It also has epic history. Though my mother now uses it to wash most of her kitchen utensils. But its real and Original use was back in 1990’s. This was bought along with the other baby stuff by her and ‘it’ played a very vital role in washing & cleaning up my baby feeders — in which I used to drink up MEIJI MILK 😀
There’s a historical Cooking range as well. But my mother has kicked me out of the kitchen and wouldn’t let me distract her more.
😀 Go ! explore your own kitchen or your room ! You may find something cool – Perhaps a diaper.