Sep 5, 2013

Red

Five Minute Friday Prompt: Red

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I can picture the red accents in my mother's kitchen. The flowers behind the glass cabinet door, the plate decorated with red circles and squares, the toaster that sat on the granite counter.

I see this vision in my mind and I'm brought back to a place of peace and comfort. This kitchen holds so many memories for me. It was redone after I moved out once but then it became my place of work when my children and I moved back in.

I fed babies in that kitchen, taught two of my little ones how to eat solid food sitting in the tall green stool. The brown table held 30+ years of meals, tears, laughter, and arguments. The walls were tinted with splashes of spaghetti sauce.

My kids celebrated 9 birthdays in that kitchen all  together.

They would shuffle around my feet as I fixed macaroni and cheese for the hundredth time and served cereal in plastic bowls I ate out of when I was their age. We danced around the island to relieve stress and I laid on the counter crying when life didn't make sense.

It's also where I served Bryan his first home cooked meal prepared with anxious hands and a nervous heart.

Mom said she never felt like a decorator, many times she asked my sister and I what colors went together. The kitchen was her project and she made it a place I will always remember. The red grabbed   visitors when they entered the room but the color captured my heart.


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Joining Lisa-Jo Baker  and other bloggers to write for five minutes without any major editing or refining. The point is to write what's on you heart and share.
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51 comments:

  1. I do love the color red, and I love how it colors your memories! Beautiful post, friend!

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  2. this made me remember my apartment in college, the one we could have them paint an accent wall and we chose red for our dining room...and then that accent wall followed me home and the barn red now watches me while I watch tv in our living room :)

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  3. Oh, that last line. "The color captured my heart." Love.

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  4. Thank you Lindsey!!

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  5. Yep, red as a way of making that kind of impression. Thanks for reading Crystal!

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  6. Mollianne Buster MasseySeptember 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I love this. I wonder how many times we've all laid on the counter and cried 'when life didn't make sense'?
    BTW...And I'm married to an engineer, too. A color blind engineer who doesn't see red.

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  7. Thank you Kim!!

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  8. Amy @ Coffee with the Mrs.September 5, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Your words made me think of my own kitchen growing up and all the memories stored there. Wow. It's incredible how God can use the corners of our homes to bring us comfort...even years after we've lived there.

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  9. I've always wanted a red kitchen. It sounds like your mother is an amazing woman. <3

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  10. Thanks Megan. She created a beautiful place!

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  11. I agree Amy, each of our senses are so powerful! Thanks for reading!

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  12. How cool is that?! And we probably have all leaned over those counters and sobbed. Thank you for reading!

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  13. Will we ever really know if the colors help to etch and recall the memories of the the memories give a life and feeling to the colors? I suspect the latter.

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  14. I love those images. Beauty woven through pain. Amazing how we live so much of our lives in our kitchens! Hugs girl!

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  15. Sarah, I love this. Seriously. To see the growth in you from child to mom to heartbreak and to new love. And all centered around the warmth of your mom's kitchen. LOVE. Hugs to you!!!

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  16. Thank you Vanessa! It really does show the transitions in my life. Grateful for ALL of the memories.

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  17. Thank you Casey. I am realizing that most beauty comes along side of pain and makes something even more incredible. Thank you for reading!

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  18. Very philosophical tonight Melissa, I love it! Thank you for reading my friend.

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  19. Such beautiful memories. Very heartwarming. :-) Thank you for sharing. :-)

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  20. Thank you for reading Faith!

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  21. Oh that boy and his smile! If it hasn't changed yet I know it will always be the same. These memories you have wrapped up in the color red are beautiful!

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  22. Thank you Andi. That kitchen holds so many memories for me.


    xoxoxo

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  23. beautiful post. thanks for sharing. and I love that picture at the top. your little boy is precious!

    Linking up from FMF

    Jessica

    http://mybeautifulli.blogspot.com/

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  24. Sarah, I love this. To have such beautiful memories sparked by colors is a blessing that you will always have. Thanks for taking us though your life, through your eyes and through your moms kitchen.

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  25. This is all sorts of lovely, my friend! So many memories wrapped around a kitchen... we sort of have a deal here... the kitchen is where we gather in our house... it's where we heap up broken in a pile on the floor - or where we snuggle in cozy as healing unfolds... there is so much nourishment that happens here.... and it sounds - that happened there, too! Amazing!

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  26. So special! I love all the history there. And that she wasn't sure if the decor went together but that it is a gorgeous place in your mind. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  27. It's lovely to reminisce about such wonderful memories...it really warms the heart and makes you smile. :-)

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  28. Our kitchens are the hub or our homes, I know mine gets more traffic than other rooms. There are so many memories there, thanks for sharing yours.

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  29. Thank you Jessica!

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  30. Amy, the memories just popped in my head. Years of little moments all gathered together. Thank you for reading my friend!

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  31. Karrilee, thanks so much for the beautiful description. It seems the kitchen is the "heart" of the home for many. Thank you for reading friend!

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  32. Yes it does Aileen. There is so much more to that space that I didn't write about! Thank you for reading!!

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  33. Thanks for visiting Kimberly. Kitchens do seem to attract the most attention. Food, conversation, and love. What more can we ask for??

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  34. Such sweet and wonderful memories, kitchens are truly the heart of the house!! Loved reading this!

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  35. Loved this post! i could just picture everything happening in that kitchen! Beauitfully written. Visiting from FMF :)

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  36. What beautiful memories. I love this! :-)

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  37. This is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. What wonderful memories in such a special place.

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  38. Thank you Jen, so glad you stopped by today!!

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  39. Thank you Ashley, they are cherished memories. Glad you stopped by!

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  40. Thank you for reading Charissa!

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  41. Thanks so much!!

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  42. Beautiful memories of your mother's kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I pray that my kitchen brings warm memories to those who come :) Have a blessed weekend. Tara.

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  44. Beautiful evocative post! What a fabulous collection of memories you have shared from those key moments in that red kitchen.

    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.

    Blessings

    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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  45. So much love wrapped up in a kitchen. Beautiful!

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  46. Thank you Barbie!! The kitchen seems to be the most important place!

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  47. Thanks Mel! We spent so much time in that one room, I have so many more memories.

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  48. Oh my friend, I pray the same thing. Thanks for reading!!

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  49. Thank you for reading Krista!!

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  50. Thank you so much Mel!!

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  51. Cutest picture ever ... my little is always attempting to grab the dog food. Love the red all over your kitchen. I would be delighted to have you share this with our group of moms. Stop by to be encouraged as we have a guest post splashing us all in God's goodness. And as always, I would be crazy honored to have you link up.

    Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/09/thank-goodness.html

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