Lately, we have been experiencing a shortage of silverware — forks, in particular. We’ve an abundance of butter knives and spoons, but the forks? Pftttt. They have gone amiss. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past, there is no chore I hate more than standing at a sink washing dishes. So naturally, I decided to get to the bottom of the matter recently when I washed the same four utensils three times over the course of the day. My Nancy Drew sleuthing brought me to this conclusion: my kids, upon scraping their plates, are also discarding our flipping forks. Why?
Because they’re imps and they hate me.
Okay, so that’s a little dramatic. Really, it’s because they’re children and they are not paying attention. Nevertheless, we’re down to four pieces of this particular kind of utensil and I can’t deal.
“Geez, just go buy some more forks, Sarah”, you might be thinking. Ah, but it isn’t that simple. You see, we’re a bunch of weirdos, and weirdos have to use specific eating apparatuses. These things can be neither too thin nor too bulky, too plain nor too ornate. They cannot be easily bent (read: husbands) nor can they be too hard too manipulate (read: kiddos). The silverware set that I purchased a few years back was PERFECT. The weight wasn’t off (tell me that’s not important — I dare you) and the handles were the perfect thickness. Bonus: it was bought at Target for $19.99. In short: this set was EVERYTHING. And guess what? They’ve discontinued that line. Because why the hell not.
I’m the kind of person who has eleventy-hundred movies and/or series on her Netflix cue but only watches the same five or six that never let her down. So, of course, I’m going to keep nose-diving into my first world problems and get all stupid over forks. Obviously, I will eventually have to purchase another set. And if Target would get it together and re-instate this particular set, then I’d be ready and raring to go. But nooo.
Don’t worry, y’all — I’m not nearly as on myself as I sound; most of the above has been said in jest. But honestly, while most decor and utensil options come to me pretty naturally, this whole fork/spoon/knife thing has me frustrated. I’ve looked at several options and I cannot find any that aren’t either A) over-the-top expensive or, B) something everyone will like. My husband isn’t a particularly big guy, but he has big hands and doesn’t like to use small utensils. My kids I’m not so worried about as I’ve recently bought them some colored, plastic tableware that I won’t flip my lid over when and if they’re accidentally thrown out. I, myself, don’t care so much about the size as I do the thickness; I don’t like using anything bulky. So here’s my question, dear readers: what brands are you using and what are the pros/cons of your favorite utensils? I know I’m not the only one here who agonizes over tableware, so dish (pun absolutely intended).
I suppose I should be relieved that they aren’t throwing away entire dishes, although a few weeks ago a very bleary-eyed Connor nearly chucked his bowl that he’d been eating oatmeal out of. He realized his error before I even got the chance to say anything, however, and begrudgingly grabbed it out of the trashcan. “Ugh, mom”, he said. “Why’d you let me do that?!”, he asked.
“Because why the hell not”, I mentally argued. “Why the hell not?!”