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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

In love with my Kitchen

'I love meatballs Mummy' says Tall Girl, shovelling down her supper last night. 'I think we should have them on the menu every week'
'Me too' splutters Small Sprog, through another mouthful.
I smile to myself. At last, a meal they agree on, something they both like, no 'Jack Sprat', for they never agree on a meal, satisfying one often leads to howls of revulsion from the other!

I enjoyed making the meal too, perhaps it showed in the eating. Stirring the rich tomatoey sauce slowly on the stove, chopping onions, crushing juicy garlic, watching it bubble in the pan. I can't remember enjoying cooking a meal that much for a long time, in my kitchen, my own space.

We all eat with glee, candles lit, music playing. The new kitchen table, a John Lewis indulgence, laid with my favourite bright mats. A pot of bright 'tet-a-tet' daffodils in the centre.

After the children have gone upstairs, after clearing up, I replace the lit candle with my favourite glass fruit bowl, fold the napkins, take stock. I flick the light switch, smile at the effect of the homely glow, the arrangement, my things, the way I like them, the atmosphere, the calm.
I take a deep breath, count my considerable blessings, turn out the light once more and head to bed. How strange it is to be here, after so long, strange but very, very good indeed.



24 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Oh you're happy - that's good, and the children sound happy too, that's even better! x

nick said...

I detect a complete change of atmosphere right away! You can feel comfortable and happy in your own space without Husband lurking ominously somewhere in the background. The fact that the children both liked the meal must be a good omen!

Furtheron said...

Excellent

Steve said...

There's nothing like being in full possession of - and being in love with - your own personal space. Really happy for you!

the eternal worrier said...

Nothing I can say except 'Im so happy for you.' x

ewix said...

Hooray!!!
Hooray Hooray!

BS5 Blogger said...

I can confirm that those meatballs were truly delicious, readers; I was lucky enough to lunch at that table today, hoovering up left overs!

Suburbia said...

You are lucky there were some!(Good to have your company)

Lindsay said...

Good luck in your new home.

Maggie May said...

I am so pleased that things are working out and that you three have a cosy time together eating meatballs. They will remember times like that...... when they are grown.
Glad you got the internet fixed up. That didn't take too long.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Suburbia said...

No Maggie, it was fab. I changed provider and they connected me within days. The set up was really easy too, without hours spent on the phone to India!

Fab, feisty and fifty... said...

its funny isnt...l just switched the light on behind me...as l did it occured to me, l wouldve been asked/told to turn it off..as it was annoying to another...pleasing oneself, has come late to me....but something l am learning to enjoy...in part...a trade off...perhaps?

Letty - A Little Girl With A Curl said...

Happiness is an etheral thing (oh not sure whether I spelled that word correctly - hope you know what I mean! - it sometimes catches you, unawares and fills your life with a wonderful warmth.


I am glad you are so happy in your new home..........I wish you much more happy moments in the future.

Your friend, Letty xx

Working Mum said...

Sounds like a little bit of contentment creeping in.

Chic Mama said...

And I breathe a deep sigh of relief for you. I feel that you are now breathing out....rather than holding your breath. Brilliant! Enjoy. xxxx

Brett said...

Just read your last few posts, where too start?
Happy 2nd birthday, not many make it even 1/2 this far, it puts you in the top 5% of blogs!
New house!!!! Too go with the new you i've seen develop over the past 2 years, funny but its 2 years today since we first met (well since your first comment on my blog)
All the best for the future.

French Fancy said...

This is the most contented and serene post I have read on here for a long time. I am delighted for you and the children and may this family happiness continue for a long long time.

I also love making and eating meatballs. I'm even wondering whether to fork out for a mincer so that I can make turkey or chicken ones. You can't buy minced poultry out here.

Casdok said...

Sounds wonderful.

Reasons said...

In love with your life too, it sounds! Cheers to that and cheers to your two year blogging anniversary.

Carol said...

I loved reading this post hon!! It's been a long time coming...

here's to many many more!! *raises glass in a toast*

C x

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

At long last, you are home. I am so very, very glad for you, so happy for your new life, for this beginning. I know this bend in your road will lead you to wondrous and fantastic places.

XOXO
Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Monalisa said...

You sound so relaxed.

Jennysmith said...

This is great news, Sub. I'm ashamed of the depths of my envy. xx

this is my patch said...

I'm with the kids. I love meatballs too! It's so much nicer to eat a meal at the table. x