Eating Soup

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Someone recently asked about eating soup… I promised  I would repost my “soup” tips from last year:

Every year when Columbus Day rolls around, the legendary poem many of us learned in history class pops into my head…

In fourteen hundred ninety-two

     Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;

     He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;

     He used the stars to find his way.

Ok, ok, I’ll stop there… sorry to get it stuck in your head as well.

Thinking about the poem this year reminds me of another one; which comes in very handy when you are trying to navigate soup somewhat gracefully in the presence of others…

As a ship sails out to sea, I sail my spoon away from me.

By “sailing your spoon away”, any precarious drips will drip away from you, instead of on your shirt or tie.   And if your soup is SO delicious you’re trying to figure out how to get the last few scoops (without picking it up like a coffee cup)… keep the same poem in mind and tilt your bowl away from you.  Again, if you fumble your soup bowl while tilting, the soup will sail away from you and not end up in your lap.

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