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The Mushroom Bowl


I don’t remember who gave us our mushroom bowl as a wedding present.  But we have used it as a serving bowl more nights than not over the past forty-five years.  It is the go-to serving bowl for popcorn, stir fry, and pasta dishes, especially spaghetti with shrimp, tomatoes and broccoli. The bowl is enamel over metal, and it has aged a bit, but so have we.

What’s amazing is how common that bowl is among people in our generation.  Our friend Margaret who often contributes the salad to our pre-concert dinners, always brings it in her mushroom bowl.  And a neighbor used the same bowl at a fancy dinner party that we attended in her home recently.  We all find it indispensable.

I think I’ll have my mushroom bowl buried with me, maybe full of popcorn.


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Marilena Aquino de Muro

Judy, your blog got me thinking about objects as a symbol of friendship, and happy times. There a few things that I own which remind me of friends and occasions happily lived. I treasure those moments more than the objects! I hope my memories will not vanish away, and I hope I will use the objects to refresh my heart and mind of those occasions happily lived. Thank you, Judy!

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Mushroom is my favorite dish, but your mushroom bowl is so pretty. After watching it, I can not control on my tongue and will definitely eat mushroom.

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