Sunday, December 12, 2010
Magic at the kitchen table
Color my world
London, ON, February 2009
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Family is defined by more than mere names in a family tree. A corporate org chart, for example, only begins to scratch the surface of what makes a particular organization unique. The day-to-day activities, the one-on-one interactions, the feel of the place...those really tell the unique story of a given company.
And so it is with families. You can't tell a whole lot about them until you hang around for a while. And if you hung around ours, you'd notice how closely everything seems to revolve around the kitchen. It's the first thing you see when you come into our house (weird, I know) and it defines the atmosphere of our home.
Debbie, who would be a chef in another lifetime, creates magic from any ingredient she touches. The kids do their homework here. The dog stands under the table hoping manna will drop from human-heaven. When I need a change of scenery, I often bring my laptop here to write by the window. And this is where the kids learn to stretch their artistic wings with their mom.
Which is what they were up to on this day. Just an ordinary afternoon in our house. But a special one all the same. Because it told another few paragraphs in the unfolding story of us.
Your turn: What does an ordinary moment look like in your home?
One more thing: The backdrop I use for my Twitter account (link here) is my daughter's creation. She finished it during the session pictured above.