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Pennsylvania is For Lovers

Just a spoonful of tourist crap

You know those little spoons they sell at tourist traps everywhere? The ones that have state seals or an outline of the state on the handle? A few years ago, my mother decided that she was going to start collecting the spoons and started with Pennsylvania. Then, a few weeks ago, I noticed the spoon being used as a sugar spoon.

“Where are your other state spoons?” I asked my mother.
“Oh, I gave up on that idea,” she said. “I don’t go enough places.”
“Mom, have you ever even been to Pennsylvania?”
“No.”