After I wrote about the Spoon Theory last week I got to got to thinking about how I can best get my family to understand the theory – therefore, better understand me. I had in mind to get an inexpensive vase and maybe some old spoons from goodwill and make a spoon bouquet on the table each day. I thought I could restock each morning and readjust the number of spoons throughout the day so that everyone can SEE just how things are going inside my skin.
Saturday Ron was going out to the store and asked if I needed anything. I told him about my idea, which he thought was brilliant, of course! He said he would take care of it for me. I love him! He knows how important awareness is to me among the kids. He loved the idea of having a visible reminder of how Mama is feeling. He was gone for about 3 hours. When he got back this is what he had:
Here I was expecting this vase of old dented spoons but he came back with this adorable little display. Yes, those are Baskin Robbins spoons! I asked him where the ice cream was that went with the spoons. He said ice cream wasn’t good for my diet – which is true – which I was grateful for. But still, would a scoop of chocolate fudge ice cream have killed him? Even if it would have cost me a spoon afterwards.
Both of the kids asked me very quickly what was up with the spoons on the table. I got a chance to explain it to them. I think it’s working. I pointed out that the less spoons that are in the jar the worse (and more exhausted) I feel. They liked the easy reminder of being able to SEE how I am feeling – especially if I am spending most of the day in the bed like I have been lately.
At any rate, I thought his idea was brilliant – not to mention considerably less expensive than mine. THAT is no surprise. Feel free to swipe the idea. I hope it helps to raise the awareness to your family about how you are feeling each day as well.