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Day 19 – 2018 AWAC

The 2018 August Write Away Challenge

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Sun, Aug. 19 – What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen from your childhood?


I have many fond memories of the kitchen from my childhood: Momma Heidi’s Hot Cocoa Mix, decorating Christmas cut-out cookies (by the bucketload), swiss steak suppers, German Chocolate birthday cake, the held-together-by-a-rubberband Betty Crocker cookbook my parents received as a wedding gift from Aunt Millie, the big yellow sugar container… I could go on and on. I probably remember more about our kitchen than anything else from my childhood home.

But if you want to know my most vivid memory of the kitchen, it is a round ceramic wall hanging that my mother has had for as long as I can remember. It is brown with scalloped edges, with small figures and images surrounding a beautiful poem. It was titled, My Kitchen Prayer.

I can still recite the prayer from memory, and it still hangs in my mother’s kitchen. I don’t know why such a small thing made such an impact on me, but it did. Maybe it’s because the prayer was so evident in all my mother’s actions, in and out of the kitchen, that it became to me a symbol less of the kitchen and more of the woman.

From the shores of Wicket Lake,


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