In addition to writing Rockin’ Romance in Real America (and being one of my 2010 Golden Heart® sisters), Lynda Bailey is a fitness instructor debuting a fitness blog today! I can’t wait to see what tips she has to help me with exercise and lifestyle changes in my diet. Check out her blog here.
When Abigail mentioned starting a blog about what happens in the kitchen – that we can actually post to the public *wink* – the first thing I thought of was the kitchen of my childhood home in Iowa. Four ugly, yellow vinyl chairs, which were all the rage in the late 50’s early 60’s, crowded around a table in too-small-a-space. The stainless steel table had a yellowish top, which matched the chairs, and was edged with grooved aluminum. Great for digging your thumbnail into while waiting to be dismissed to go play.
I also remember that kitchen as being the epicenter of activity. It wasn’t just where meals were eaten (we didn’t have a separate dining room at the time), it was also where my sister and I did homework, where birthdays were celebrated and where my parents entertained. When I got older, and we moved to a bigger house with an actual dining room, the kitchen remained the crux of all the action. It was still where most meals were eaten and where homework was done; where the Avon lady sat and had coffee with my mom while perusing that month’s catalogue and where not only my parents continued to entertain, but where my sister and I hosted our friends when they visited as well.
I’ve thought about the differences between those kitchens and the kitchens of today. I think the biggest difference lies with the lack of intimacy. Most kitchens today don’t even host tables. Today, kitchens aren’t separate rooms, but part of “great rooms;” a combination kitchen and family room. Dining rooms are most always now formal, as are living rooms. “Great rooms” are the new epicenters of social activity. The coziness of what I experienced while growing up has disappeared. Squeezing around a kitchen table has given way to lounging about in easy chairs or on comfy sofas. Instead of lively conversation for
entertainment, folks watch the game on TV or listen to the stereo. Homework is can still be done in great rooms, but without a table, it’s considerably harder. And who even has an Avon lady who comes to your home anymore?
Now I’m not suggesting any of these differences are bad. They’re just. . . different. 🙂
What do you remember about the kitchen(s) of your youth? How is that memory different from the reality of today? Delve into your remembrance box and share. I’d love to hear from you!