Some of my favorite memories with my mom happened in the kitchen.
Whether we were at the kitchen counter cooking or at the kitchen table crafting, to say that the kitchen was the heart of our home is probably an understatement.
My mom can create anything. She’s a wonderful cook and an amazing seamstress. She can master any craft or art, and she can grow anything beautifully. She has a million more talents I don’t even have room in which to enumerate.
She tried to pass along those things. Key word: “tried.”
I’m a good cook. Better than average, probably. However, when it comes to sewing, crafting or any other visual talent, I’m strictly skill level glue gun and spray paint.
Still, those times spent with my mom, learning something new, at least being exposed to it, are better than any material possession she could have given me. As a small child, we made clothes-pin dolls by the hundreds. Remember the wooden, stationary clothes pins used to hang clothing on an outside line that had two “legs” and a “head?” We turned those into dolls with fuzzy yard hair, painted faces and all sorts of elegant clothing culled from my mom’s bag of scraps. We did the same thing with dried corn husks. Mom would twist and turn then fashion them into robust women figures, and I’d paint them, dress them and play with them until they fell apart. Mom spent hours trying to teach me how to sew and quilt. I can whip out a hem or sew a button with the best of them, and for years, I slaved over my grandmother’s solid metal Singer sewing machine until I conceded that sewing just really isn’t in my temperament. I remember painting a rock one time – red – and painstakingly cutting letters out of a magazine that I decoupaged onto the painted rock, “I love you, Daddy.” One year, we used stained glass paint in clear glass ornaments for Christmas décor. She let me punch down the dough and knead it when she made her famous raisin bread each holiday season. I stirred red sauce simmering on the stove for hours. I licked the beaters after she made chocolate chip cookies.
Now, with Pinterest offering projects galore, you don’t have to have great skills to spend time with your kids, at the kitchen counter or table, making memories.
If the memories turn out better than the project, well, that’s fine, too.