Spoons, Spooning and Spoonies

spoons by skinnylaminx

spoons photo credit skinnylaminx

Until this summer, I knew of 2 meanings for the word spoon.

One being the utensil with a long, thin handle and a bowl shaped end that is used for eating, stirring, etc.

The other “spooning” is that snuggly position (most often discovered during the dating years) we cozy into with someone we love for naps or movies.

spooning google images

spooning google images

Then a few months ago, I started seeing hashtags on Instagram about spoons #Spoonie #SpoonieWarrior #SpoonieStrong #SpoonTheory #SpoonieLife

Eventually I read the Spoon Theory.

Tears streamed down my cheeks as I read it. I was surprised to discover that the spoon theory is a formula, by which I have been living, ever since I got crohn’s 14 years ago. And I too, miss life that does not require “counting spoons”. I miss it terribly.

At the same time, while reading the spoon theory, I wished that everyone in my circle could read it and understand it because maybe they would be able to better understand me and the reasons my life is smaller, the reasons I take longer to recover, the reasons I decide to stay home more frequently. It is because I know that I don’t have as much reserve and I have to make smart choices so that I can keep going tomorrow. 

Please read the spoon theory, it is a quick read and will give you insight into anyone you may know and love who has a chronic illness.

Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino




7 thoughts on “Spoons, Spooning and Spoonies

  1. Shelle

    Oh Jess, I think that more people should read The Spoon Theory to better understand and appreciate what so many people around them in everyday life live!! Personally I have found this to be a beautiful yet very real and tough explanation. Thank you for sharing it and your personal story xx

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    • Isn’t The Spoon Theory a realistic and beautiful explanation!? I love it. And I love that her friend asked her what it is like to live with (lupus) an autoimmune illness. ❤


  2. Jessica

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I had not heard of this before, but what a beautiful illustration. I can never truly understand, but now I have a better picture of a glimpse in the world of someone who struggles with an autoimmune illness. I’ll be sharing this on my FB page as I have many friends who can be blessed with this story.

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  3. What a powerful way of explaining how difficult it is to live with a chronic illness. This made me realize how ignorant many of us healthy people are since we truly do not understand the chronic illness and the daily struggles you endure. Thank you for sharing it. Stay safe and strong.

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