The Kitchen = Time

whirlpopA few years back, I purchased a Whirlypop popcorn popper.  It’s a old style stove top popper with a crank on the handle to keep the seeds moving.  With a single purchase, we have eradicated microwave popcorn from our home.

Nearly every night of the week, my daughters want to make popcorn. Many times, we will just make a quarter batch as a snack.  And sometimes they barely eat that!    Making popcorn has become the symbol of time.  Making popcorn on the stove means a few things – 1) dad’s home, 2) there’s nothing else on the agenda 3) we’re all going to sit around and talk while we have popcorn.

I don’t think the popcorn itself really matters too much.  But I have come to the conclusion that the kitchen equals time!

The kitchen always brings up good memories.  It’s the gathering place.  It’s often the central point in a home.  It’s where memories are made during holidays and birthday parties.  I have recently been reflecting on why the kitchen brings up so many great memories.  Sometimes it’s the great food prepared, but it also seems to go deeper. If you’re preparing, cooking or sitting around the table together, you have made time to do so.

I think that’s why everyone thinks their grandma cooks the best.  I mean, come on.  How can everyone’s grandmas be the best cook in the world?  It’s impossible. Except for this one fact:  It doesn’t matter what the food is like, it’s good because of the connection with grandma in those moments.

So much has been written about how important it is for kids to have dinner at home, with the family at least three times a week.    It’s a symbol of time, which is why it’s so important.

The kitchen – or the grill – or even a restaurant, if you’re all sitting down together equals time.  And it’s why so many memories are built around it.

What kind of memories are you going to build?

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