A spatula doesn't often spring to mind as an object steeped in significance but I came across one recently that made me smile. It was packed away in a box of stuff from what seems like a previous life - old LP's, college mementos, highschool yearbooks, a stack of old pictures and letters and one, never used, spatula, still sporting a curly blue ribbon and card saying "Who's your buddy? Love, Steve."
It was the first gift he gave me - a funny reference to a scene in the movie "Stripes" that had made us laugh and became an inside joke. And I remember not being able to throw it away when we broke up.
Now, some 20 years later, finding it in that box was a sweet reminder of my first serious relationship. But I couldn't quite bring myself to toss it in the drawer with the rest of the utensils so I sent it on it's way to Goodwill to start life over as just a spatula... but the ribbon and card went back in the box.