Sometimes when my daughters are helping one another in the kitchen, I travel back in time. I remember being a little girl after a holiday meal in the kitchen with my aunts, Mom, and grandmother. Soon, there are tears rolling down my cheeks dripping on my smiling lips.
I remember those kitchen moments.
We all worked together putting away food, washing dishes, drying dishes, putting dishes away. All the while, there was chattering and laughter. Family funnies were told year after year. There were so many "Remember when..." and "Didn't you ...?" dialogues. There was silliness and seriousness rolled into one roar of female voices sharing their thoughts and feelings.
What made those times so special?
As I look back, I try to remember what made those times so precious to me and still precious to me years later. Was it the variety of ages giggling together like school girls? Was it the funny stories and all the laughing? Was it working hard together, serving the rest of the family? Was it the comfort of being loved by these amazing older women who lived well and loved me?
I think it was all of it. It was feeling so close to these ladies because in that moment, they were more than family, they were friends. It was sharing treasured memories with ladies I admired and looked up to. It was a time of mentoring because underneath all the chatter and laughter, values were passed on from generation to generation as we worked together to clean up after a delicious meal.
I would pay a million dollars (If I had it) to experience one more cozy kitchen conversation with my precious mom, grandmother, and aunts. I would hug each of them and let them know how much I love and admire them and wish they were still here. How grateful I am for those memories!
Don't forget to treasure all the moments because life passes so quickly. Enjoy today.