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.
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