"Spoonidexterous" has emerged from the wife as a word to
describe a pinnacle of ability in a field that does not receive the
attention it should. Spoonidexterous refers to an ability to stir
with both hands. And here I do not refer to the stirring of sugar
into tea, rather I mean that stirring of additional trouble into thinking
that is already awkward.
been a texture in our world for a number of years. The good
ankle-bite follows a "friendly reminder". The ankle-biter
has arrived at a moment of exasperation which requires action. Generally
it produces a sense of satisfaction in the ankle-biter and a sense of nervousness
in the ankle-bitten. The exchange is usually brief and the results do not
incur a sense of success or failure, because "ankle-biting" is a
form unto itself.
"Stirring" should not be
confused with "ankle-biting". "Ankle-biting" is an
explosive moment. It is the raw egg on hot bacon fat.
Stirring, on the other hand, belongs to an altogether slower cuisine.
It is premeditated and slow. A series of small questions that indulge
the Socratic method. And I suggest it takes many years of practice at
stirring to produce "spoonidexterity".
The spoonidexterous are masters of their
craft. With a single gesture or word they can summarize a circumstance
of troubled thinking to produce sometimes erratic consequences. In the
presence of these masters, wariness is a necessary attribute for the uninitiated,
but when the spoonidexterous gather, as sometimes they do, laughter can
often be heard.