- Think of a favorite place. Any old place at all. Or any new place. Just some place that makes you happy.
- Write 10 details about that place. You don't have to do to this longhand, because coming up with 10 details will keep you focused no matter how you're writing.
- The kitchen was in the back of the house.
- The house was at 5721 Holmes.
- The kitchen was long and narrow, with lots of cupboards.
- If you entered from the formal dining room, the sink was on the right and the stove was on the left. There was an eat-in area at the back, by the steps to the basement.
- Windows over the sink opened onto the driveways between my grandmother's house and the next door neighbor's house.
- My grandmother wrote "Milk" and "Meat" inside the cupboards and drawers so we wouldn't accidentally mess up her kosher kitchen.
- There was a poem from Dear Abby or Ann Landers posted in the kitchen. I can't remember the entire poem right now, but the gist was, "Please stay out of my kitchen. And when I am invited to your house, I promise to stay out of yours." Nanny didn't like interlopers in the kitchen. She didn't want help. This was her space.
- She didn't mind me in the kitchen, because I sat on the handmade stool in the corner and just listened to her talk and watched her cook.
- Toward the end of her life, when she didn't have enough energy to stand at the sink and do food prep or wash dishes, she pulled up a tall stool and did it sitting down.
- She twinkled.
And that's not something I want to forget.
|Yep. My grandmother. No bull.|
*You did have a relaxing weekend, right? I'll be talking about that tomorrow.