October’s theme from Leah over at Creative Everyday is CONNECT. When I found this picture I was connected to a time and place in my life where I felt safe and secure. A connection to a childhood memory, and those who were a part of that time in my life.
My Grandmother could have been the model for this photo. Her name was also Leah. Which is why I’m sure I felt such a strong connection when I thought about Leah’s theme for October.
Grandmother Leah (or Lee as everyone called her) was a wonderful cook. She was the master of fried chicken, and the wizard of cherry pie. Each presented to me every year as one of her gifts to me on my birthday.
She would begin early in the morning preparing the birthday feast by wearing her best appron that always had tucked inside one of the pockets a dainty handkerchief. She seemed to moved around the kitchen effortlessly as she prepared each dish. The smells of the birthday treat would drift through the house as she started cooking.
Fresh green beans were always the first to began releasing the faint smell of bacon as they slowly cooked, steam leisurely rolled out from underneath the lid of the silver pan, which housed the potatoes. The sounds of cracking and popping began when she placed the chicken carefully in the large black cast iron fry pan. The sweet smell of homemade rolls began to escaped from the oven as she caefully opened the oven door checking on their progress and then… the distictive aroma of that home made cherry pie, bubbling its red juices over the edge of the neatly sculpted edging she so carefully pinched togeather that morning was the sign that the celabration would soon begin.
All created and connecting a feeling of warmth, security and love for me as she prepared this birthday dinner. Grandmother Lee has been gone from us for over forty years but when I saw this picture I closed my eyes and connected with the sounds, smells, taste and love that she gave me each year through her gift of cooking.
Because every day is a gift!