Bent and Broken


My son , Ra, and Brian Smith have been partners in the band Trooper, for 48 years! That hasn’t always been the name of the band, but it has been ever since they started recording. This post is not really about Trooper.

We became good friends with Brian’s parents, Dennis and Beryl. Many times they would come to where we were displaying paintings, or to our home, for a visit.

The first time we invited them for dinner, we decided to have some fun (on them!) We gathered together some old cutlery… even went to a thrift store and bought some as we didn’t have a complete set for four people.

We took the cutlery down in the basement and proceeded to bend and smash the individual pieces Spoons got holes put in them as well as twisted and bent  handles. We had so much fun…laughing all the time as we pictured what they would think.

crooked lcutleryI used a lace tablecloth, and set the table as nicely as possible.  The twisted knives, forks and spoons were wrapped in the serviettes, so no one could see them ahead of time.

How I wish you could have seen Beryl’s face. She was shocked, and thought that was all we had to eat with! We didn’t fool Dennis!

After getting our proper utensils, we laughed through the whole meal… and we ended up giving them the bent cutlery so they could fool some of their friends.

After that, if I was cooking a roast of beef, I would phone and tell them what we were having and ask Dennis to make the yorkshire pudding! He would bring his own ingredients and the pan to mix them in. They sure were delicious.

Old friends are treasures, aren’t they!


4 thoughts on “Bent and Broken

  1. Hi Auntie Norma,
    That story still has me smiling 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Oh to have been a fly on the wall to see the reactions.Nothing nicer than treasured memories of good friends.
    Love you

  2. Hi Auntie Norma,
    That was a good joke. Bet they remembered it for a long time things like that are really fun and a good way to break the ice. Glad you are doing your Blog again
    Love Elsie

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