An Hour With You~*~Mother's Kitchen~*~
~ An Hour With You~

Thoughts of Mother's kitchen
Often drift through my mind
The wonderful aromas there
Her loving heart so kind

A bubbling pot of pinto beans
The cornbread golden brown
Were staples in our daily lives
Hers was the best around

Rice pudding in the gravy bowl
Browned meringue in little swirls
Tiny beads of sugared moisture formed
And they looked like precious pearls

Sometimes, we'd have fried chicken
And nary a part was wasted
Reese liked the back; Cheryl ate the neck
How good that chicken tasted

It took a whole lot of cooking
To keep nine bellies filled
When Mother made her blackberry cake
Nine people sure were thrilled

Mother did lots of baking too
And taught the girls to cook
Most of her recipes were in her head
And never came from any book

It excited her to get a new cook stove
A kitchen table or a linoleum rug
Our house had no running water
But that old kitchen was clean and snug

We didn't have a huge variety
But we always had enough
Our dear Daddy worked so hard
And still the times were rough

In the summertime, we had the garden
And it gave us lots more to eat
Nobody cooked vegetables like Mother
Gritted bread was a family treat

The pungent smells of holiday cooking
Sweet images I will always remember
The hustle and bustle in the kitchen
From Thanksgiving through December

I don't know how Mother managed
Thinking about it in retrospect
Instilling in us the values she did
That, to this day, we all respect

Kathleen McCoy Eldridge©
September 19, 2006


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