My kitchen window opens a view to the back porch and beyond — but just now I’m looking at my keepsakes on this side of the grid.
Are you wondering what’s with the little red dress?
It was at least half my life ago when, on a visit to my parents, I walked into the kitchen and fell about laughing at the sight of the dish soap in a tiny dress. My mother, who shared my hilarity, had made it — apparently, dressed-up dish soap was all the rage. She asked if I wanted one. “Of course!” I said. She made this one for me. Not long ago, when clearing out boxes, I found it packed away. Naturally, I decided to use it. Here’s a closer look —
Problem: modern dish soap containers tend to be of different proportions, and it took a while to find one the right size. Now that I have one, I plan to keep it and refill it, so that every time I look at it I’ll remember what fun I always had with my mother.
One more thing, not quite so easy to see —
Not that I need extra spiders around the house. There are plenty of natural ones here, especially in the fall, but it tickles me to have a favorite gift in the window where it catches the light. My niece knows me well. I’ve long been a spider fan, but right now I especially appreciate that — unlike the family of spiders who recently moved into the basement stairwell — this one is pretty, and it doesn’t reproduce.
One more photo. I looked for a picture of my parents’ kitchen and found this one, not very clear, and taken before I was born — here they are, doing the dishes. I love the glimpse of my mother’s face in the mirror.
My mother always wished for a window over their sink. I think she would have liked it that I put my keepsakes in mine.
Do you have keepsakes in the kitchen?
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