Fun Meream Fact: I live in the Philippines. I am a Filipino.
Fun Filipino Fact: Most of our grandparents’ houses have a set of giant wooden spoons and forks displayed either in the kitchen or dining room. Most ancestral houses also have shell curtains, altars with at least five saints, and wooden ash trays varnished to perfect caramel brown.
Fun Meream Fact #2: My maternal grandparents had a set of these giant utensils. They were already several decades old by the time my sister and I started spending summers in their house. They were never totally clean. They always wore a film of dust as a badge of honor. They flanked this very old rectangular mirror that was murky on some parts and peeling on others.
When I saw this Ikea wooden utensil set online, I remembered the days I spent standing on tiptoes and trying to reach the giant spoon and fork at my grandparents’ place. My grandparents are no longer here. Their old house had been replaced with a more modern structure. The giant utensils (and mirror) are gone.
As a tribute to the giant utensils which, in my childhood imagination, guarded me from the monsters on the other side of the scary mirror, I doodled on the Ikea set I bought.
Once we figure out how to display these, they’ll be hanging in our dining area.
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