# 12 LEARNING TO STACK SILVERWARE
I was not raised stacking Silverware. I was raised stacking bales of alfalfa, stacking boxes of oranges on a truck, or being stacked in the corner by my brothers. Since those early days I have stacked all kinds of things from lumber, firewood, pancakes, books and rolls of dimes. Since then I also learned to stack Silverware in the Silverware Tray in the Silverware Drawer.
It is not a simple task to stack Silverware. It is not a ‘do it one time and do it always, like riding a bicycle’ kind of deal. There is no problem solving without knowing the problem and there is no solution without knowing the problem. So here is the situation: There are about 53 to 65 different pieces of Silverware if you go by certain criteria of Silverware Scientists. Here is an example:
Five Typical Forks: Dinner Fork; Fish Fork; Luncheon Fork; Salad Fork or Dessert Fork. And then they add: Seafood Fork (different than the Fish Fork), Specialized Forks, Lobster Fork (different than the Seafood Fork); Fruit Fork; Ice-Cream Fork; Pastry Fork; Strawberry Fork; Snail Fork; and Oyster Fork.
Anyone who owns these specialty forks deserves them and deserves to have them stacked in their dresser drawer along with some specialized knifes and spoons and other specialized items that come to my mind.
I think I was about twenty-eight years old when I learned that a Salad Fork is a smaller fork than a Regular Fork. I wasn’t ever sure why that was important… but when I found out about the smaller fork, I started using it on salad instead of the larger fork. I was Silverware Feral when I met Roz.
No, really, this is what happened.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Jesus