I received a gift of trendy household cleaning products.
So I mopped.
There was a familiar smell when I sprayed the floor.
I kept mopping and tried to figure it out.
I called Jeff over.
I told him this smell reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen.
I was so puzzled.
I flipped the bottle over to read the ingredients and found out the mystery scent-almonds.
Ah, that’s it…
Suddenly, my grandmother is standing to my right.
She is squinting at a cookbook as I read the recipe.
I can’t remember the dessert.
I have looked in my cookbook trying to “trigger” my memory.
But I remember her beside me.
From deciding what we would cook and driving to our local IGA for the ingredients to actually following the recipe.
It was one of those rare occasions that I actually followed instructions.
“Cheryl Suzette” was actually behaving.
It has been almost 30 years since I stood in that kitchen.
But I smile at the thought of it.
When I close my eyes I can hear the metal cabinet in the corner open and close.
I remember what and where she kept everything in her fridge.
Once a week or so you could get a Coca-Cola. It was a real one in a glass bottle. But you had to ask permission to go in that bottom drawer.
Flannel backed tablecloths protected the kitchen table.
Wealth was measured by the contents of your deep freeze. And it was always full.
We saved bread ties and reused tin foil.
Most people remodel their kitchen for state of the art appliances.
I did the reverse. I removed my cabinets. I searched for an antique sink.
I went with state of the heart I guess.
Her words and wisdom echo when I wash my dishes.
I laugh at my own absent minded actions.
I try to water my plants with my dishwater.
On several occasions, I have found a spoon on the ground the next day.
Yesterday I was aggravated at someone littering only to find it was my own dishrag hanging on my camellia.
So here’s to another year of memories and calamities.
I don’t know much about keeping a resolution, so my hope for you is that you search your heart and mind.
And maybe, just maybe, you will find your grandmother…
I hope you have a Happy New Year. I hope it is so good that it will become a “Good Ole’ Days for you,