Friday, June 22, 2012

Everyday Contentment - #5

Take a moment to embrace contentment, to learn to love the everyday things that we tend to overlook or take for granted. 

I'm not referring to big things, or expensive things.

I'm talking about the nitty gritty, those everyday tasks, objects, thoughts that make our lives what they are.


I know many out there despise it, don't know what the big hoopla is about, would rather be somewhere, eating out, ordering in etc.

But for me, cooking has always been a contentment.  It's a joy to get into my kitchen, put on my apron and prepare meals for my loved ones.

I guess cooking has always been a huge part of my life, starting when I was very little, about 4 years old.  I remember sitting on the floor at my greatgrandmother's feet as she prepared dinner for a full house....14 sometimes 20 people at a time.  The joy on her face was nothing like I could ever describe, she really did love being a housewife and the family matriarch.

So from a young age, that love was instilled in me.  It runs through my veins, it seeps through my pores, it is part of who I am.

To be able to recreate a favorite dish, to be able to come up with new meals, to be able to try this ingredient with that ingredient and see what comes out.  It's pure joy for me and I could spend hours in my kitchen, matter of fact, I do, it's the one room in the house where I spend most of the time.

I wouldn't want it any other way 


Katie B. of said...

I don't understand the fear/disdain for cooking, either. There's something wonderful about having the skill to whip up anything your family is craving, and to know they brag about how you can cook *anything*.

Liz said...

I feel like cooking with or for someone is extremely intimate. I mean, if you think about, when you cook for someone, you are sharing something you enjoy with another person or people usually that you really care for and hoping that they enjoy what you've created as much as you do. It gives me a sort of high feeling to cook something great and then for my family to enjoy it is another high.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I agree with you! I would rather cook than eat out! Well, most days. Enjoy your weekend.

Nicole said...

I agree. I find myself sometimes frozen in the afternoon in my kitchen making my husband and 3 children a meal knowing he will be home in 2 hours and have a masterpiece of a meal waiting. I am satisfied in my kitchen. I stop and think this is where I want to be. I don't need to be rushing around leaving a workplace to pick up my children that someone else watched all day. I made my children a wonderful meal. I smile and say this is where I want to be and I am truly content!!!

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Really love the way you enjoy while cooking your stuff...Thanks for sharing.