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a kitchen always feels like home

This afternoon I am at the kitchen table with a bowl of watermelon and a mug of vanilla jasmine tea, writing a few letters and working on cajoling a poem into form. The windows are open and an occasional spry breeze tosses an envelope from the stack beside me onto the floor. I've scratched out a packing list of things to take for an upcoming trip to Arizona to see my mom and have finished up the last bit of laundry, the air still holding the fragrant scent of lavender. 

The warmth and hospitality of a kitchen often makes me linger, long after meals have been served and the dishes cleared. I am happy I will soon be in the familiar kitchen of my mother's house, my childhood home. We will celebrate her eighty-five years over good food, laughter, and clusters of fond rememberings.

* I love this magnetic poem on the fridge left by my friend Brooke. 

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Reader Comments (6)

oh my dear friend, i just want to eat this post.
those mugs!
and those words.
and your words.
"clusters of fond rememberings."

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliz

The kitchen is the best place to be in all of my favorite houses - including my own. It just has a certain domestic magic.

Have fun in Arizona with your mom!


June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercortnie

lovely kitchen. very bright and inviting. it looks like people live here and love here. it's just the place to curl up with a plate of food/tea and good conversations.

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkeishua

Your kitchen looks lovely - full of warmth. I have that same red pot, though I keep mine in the cupboard. You make me want to pull it out so I can appreciate its beautiful redness every day, instead of only when I cook with it!

Have a wonderful time in Arizona!

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I am in love with your kitchen and the cheery whimsical feel it evokes! I am afraid I am also coveting many of those colorful mugs as well. You have inspired me to make a cup of tea and sit with my journal for a while as well..... You are always a lovely inspiration! xoxo

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I love your kitchen. I've been spending so much time in mine these days, either baking or just sitting at the table onthe computer or eating or comfy. :) xo

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

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