The New Trend In Town That’s a Kill-Joy
There’s a New Trend in Town and It’s a “Kill-Joy”.
You do it. Your spouse does it. Your kids do it. Your parents do it. Even your neighbors do it. It’s time-consuming and downright bothersome when you’re exhausted after a long day at work and you just want to rest. You’re just getting home and here comes the big statement :
Let’s go out for dinner.
What? Are You Serious? Nooo…The words come flying out of my mouth before I even know I’m saying them. I’m exhausted and it’s late. I’m not going anywhere else, thank you very much.
Why do I not want to go out to dinner? I work long days and race around town to meet with clients. I’m a mom, wife, caretaker and schnauzer mom, not to mention entrepreneur and CEO. After a busy day, I want to relax and enjoy the sofa, a glass of wine and my pillow. Most of all, I want to enjoy my kitchen. I spent a great deal of money on my kitchen so, am I wrong in wanting to use it? I think not.
Most people don’t think twice about eating out because it’s easy and for those that live closer to the city, it is convenient.. For those of us that live in the countryside, well… I’ll be honest and say that at some time during my commute home, I reach a point that is considered ” The Point of No Return. If I have forgotten something, I’m not going back. Not today.” That’s how far away I live from the nearest convenience store. This is what the Texas Hill Country looks like.
If you want to get an idea of why the drive seems so far off, it’s because you can’t find these within the city limits and by city, I mean areas of convenience:
I can appreciate a nice, planned meal out but my kitchen was designed with me in mind. Pull-out spice racks, an oversized refrigerator, double convection ovens because I like to bake pies and cakes and cookies, not to mention being able to prepare meals for a party of 30 during the holidays. My kitchen was designed for being used and I like to use it. Be it a simple bowl of oats or a full-on gourmet meal, I enjoy my kitchen. As a mom to a now-young adult that is away at University, I can recall the importance of spending time in the kitchen. It’s where my daughter learned to bake her favorite blueberry muffins. It’s where my husband stated that he would never enjoy cooking with stainless steel cookware (That’s another story). It’s where we gather every year to carve the traditional turkey for our many family members and guests.
The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home.
Life happens in the kitchen. Moments are made in the kitchen. Memories are stored in the things that are created in the kitchen. Love grows in the kitchen and spreads throughout the home, with joy and laughter. So why do we go out to eat so often? Why have we stopped teaching our kids how to cook and bake? Why have we stopped teaching them how to find joy in the smallest of things in the one place that makes us remember being home and makes us come back home after we depart?
Why do you think we are less inclined to spend time in our kitchens?
Please watch the video below about Reclaiming the Kitchen. You may find yourself inclined to spend more time in the kitchen. 😉