Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spooning

I remember the first time a boy asked me to "spoon" with him. I was perplexed due to unfamiliarity with this term. This is how it went down.

Him: Come here, let's spoon.
Me: (Perplexed. What is this to spoon? There are only a limited number of activities I have seen two people doing with spoons and those are 1. making musical sounds. And not good ones. 2. racing back and forth in someone's backyard holding spoons balancing eggs which seemed like zero fun at the time. And would be zero fun now. 3. in a movie, they were used for cooking drugs in a shatty basement with scary people which seemed like zero fun at the time. And highly unlikely now. So I say: What is spooning?

Him: Come here and I will show you.
I oblige and am quickly schooled.
Me: Oh, you mean cuddling?
Him (all of 6'5 and muscular) No, I don't mean cuddling. I mean spooning.
Me: Aren't they the same thing?
Him: No, if it was, it would not be called two different things.
Me: Right, because no singular activity ever had various different words to describe it.

Yes, I am a gem. And WOW, I certainly like accuracy.

So we spoon. Or cuddle. Or spoon. And that is how quickly I learn.  And then spooning because something sweet you do. And something you would report back to your girlfriends.
One girl: Omg, what did you and M. do last night?
Other girl: We went to dinner and then to his room and spooned!

Spooning was also a handy trick when trying to thwart off some boy's hormonal dash.  Because when they wanted to pounce you, and you said, "let's spoon" it was as much as an aphrodisiac as you saying "hey, let's invite your grandmother over here to watch."

And spooning has stayed with me for quite a long time. But it has morphed a bit. And this morning, I realize what used to be just me and one gentleman has turned into a much bigger party. Because this morning, it was me, my son and about 6 of his friends. And those friends are all plush. And furry. And include a giant monkey (Bananas), Bruce and Squirt from Nemo, a teddy bear called B., Skippy Jon Jones and a big black Scottie dog named after my Mom's dog, Josie.

As we lay there in the early morning hours, my little son said, "I love it when we cuddle."

See. I knew it was cuddling all along.

28 comments:

vanilla said...

A furry cuddle-bunch. I'll enjoy that image today.

Stepping On Cheerios said...

Cutest story! Cuddling, I love it:)

SmartBear said...

I've always hated calling it spooning anyways...it's on the list of words I hate along with panties and saliva. At the Casa C we call it snuggle. We snuggle round here. No spooning.
And the stuffed animals? There is no end....
Best,
Tina

Legallyblondemel said...

This is sweet in the very best sense of the term. I wish I had something funny to add to my comment, but for once I just have to seriously admit I enjoyed this.

AmyLK said...

Those are the sweetest times. But Son and I have always called it snuggling. Whatever the name, its still wonderful with our kids!

McMeri said...

Awe! I loved cuddling when my kids were little too! And I learned about spooning from "Every Which Way But Loose".

McVal said...

Ok - that was NOT an 11 year old girl leaving you that last message about an old Clint Eastwood movie... It was me. Darn kids, leaving their stuff logged in...
Just you wait until your little sweetie is surfing!

Intense Guy said...

Just imagine what they would call it if the plastic spoon-fork thing had been around.. sporking...

Hmmm...

singedwingangel said...

AWWW I miss those mornings of snugglies.. I have never liked calling it spooning either..and the boys don't like 'cuddling', apparently however snugglies are male word appropriate.. Umm yeah son that is soooo much more masculine lol.

Bossy Betty said...

Very nice! Enjoy the times like these! I have to sneak up on my boy to give him a hug these days.

McKenzie said...

That is so cute ☺ I always ask my other half if I can be the little spoon, but other than that I call it cuddling.

Michele R said...

Cute story--loved it. Spooning my youngest with his tons of plush animals is on my short list. For his sake, pls don't tell anyone that he is 10. You gotta hang on to your last babe longer....
I knew a card game from camp when I was a kid called Spoons and I play it with the three boys--the more people the more fun, and there is a spoon on the table for everyone minus one. You know, where when you get the cards you need in your hand you quietly pick up a spoon from the table and someone always misses out cuz they are too engrossed in the game and everyone else just sits there and quietly looks at that person till they realize. Either that or everyone madly tries to snatch a spoon at the same time.

Eva Gallant said...

So cute. I can picture you and MiniMac and all his furry friends, spooning!

Kristina P. said...

I like to cuddle. I don't really love to spoon. How about forking? :)

Summer said...

Spooning has never sounded right to me either. I call it cuddling too.

Pricilla said...

I had all too few of those moments with my now 16 year old nephew. They are such precious memories to me now. Especially when I look at the 6'2" man he has become.

Kato said...

So cute!! I love spooning! Well, for a little while, then it's 'get the hell away from me I am trying to sleep' time.

:)

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Spooning is the ultimate comfort. Like chicken pot pie and Jane Austen on a cold, rainy day. In last week's episode of 30 Rock, Tina Fey's character is sorta dating Matt Damon, who plays a ridiculously insecure pilot who goes on emotional overload to open up to her. She tells Alec Baldwin, "I had to spoon for three hours to get him to sleep. And I was the outside spoon!"

I laughed so hard I fell off the couch. Of course, I was very tired. Three minutes of spooning and I was out cold that night.

Forking, on the other hand, isn't nearly as platonic but also has its place . . . .

HalfAsstic.com said...

;-) Clearly, Mini Mac is brilliant!

webb said...

Did you not know about hanging a spoon on your nose? A skill you should pursue!

Ed said...

Awwww, how cute.

So. Cal. Gal said...

Aww! I hope you could breathe!

I don't call it spooning OR cuddling. I call it, "Get back here, I'm not done with you yet." : )

Kir said...

How can you not love a guy who loves to cuddle? This story just touched me and made me giggle , Love those special times with out little guys don't you?

Happy Friday my friend! Xo

Sporadically Yours said...

I loved that! So cute.

Maria said...

And there is nothing better than to share the cuddling with all our (stuffed) loved ones.

It's funny how words have different meanings, depending on the situation, but cuddling is ALWAYS cuddling...

secret agent woman said...

I never liked the term spooning. I always call it cuddling.

lafemmeroar said...

When I was with my ex, I liked cuddling because it's face to face. With spooning, I always had to suck in my tummy so he didn't feel the bulge.

Mrs. Pickle said...

Spooning leads to forking!