Many years ago, I
was traveling through western Pennsylvania to a destination I can’t even recall. My companions and I stopped at
one of the outlet malls so prevalent (at least in those days) in that
part of the state. There, I found a set of truly interesting flatware
(okay, so flatware is not very exciting) – just what I was looking for
to be included in my future home. Little did I know how unusual the
This particular set
of flatware was a more old-fashioned design consisting of pistol-grip
knife handles and 3-tined forks. Yes, both the dinner and salad forks
had 3 tines, rather than the standard four. I suppose the fact that the
design of this set was a little unusual was part of the charm. In any
case, I purchased the set and put it away in storage for several years,
until I had my own home.
As it turned out,
that flatware set served me well, and lasted until my daughter reached the age where she was ready to start eating with “big people
silverware”. She didn’t realize there was anything unusual about the
style of the forks – she had grown up with them, and had great success
eating with them.
Several years later,
it came time to replace that flatware set. Of course, there was nothing
offered that was the same design (yes, I was still partial to that set),
so we selected something that was as close as possible to what we
already had. We took the new set home, washed them and put them away in
Later that evening,
we had set the table with the new silverware and sat down to eat. My
picked up her fork, and promptly pronounced, “These forks aren’t made
right. They have 4 pointy things to pick up the food”. It’s all in
our perspective, isn’t it?
Each of us grows
very comfortable in our routines and methods, but that is just where the
creativity and innovation can start to fail us. Techniques change over
time, and new, exciting innovations and discoveries are just around the
corner if we are each willing to challenge the status quo.
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