Home Is Where the 40-Watt Bulb Is

When I was growing up, living in my parents’ house, life unfolded in a pattern and with some predictable regularity.  In the evening, when dinner was over, Dad would settle down to read the paper, while my brothers, my Mom and I conducted whatever complicated negotiations were required to arrange the evening’s television viewing schedule.   Very often, all five of us would be gathered together – paper being read, some sitcom like Barney Miller on the tube – in the little family room that sat next to  the kitchen.

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The kitchen was at the back of the house and there were no streetlights nearby;  as a result, there was little or no ambient light streaming through the kitchen window or the patio door that led out into the yard.  For some reason, though, I remember a light on the Jenn Air stove very frequently being left on and bathing the room in a soft, warm glow.

Growing up with my brothers and my parents, we were fortunate enough to enjoy happy times.  When I think of that house and the time I spent living there, I have fond memories.  For some reason, one of the many mental images that springs to mind when I think of those days is the kitchen, illuminated in muted tones by the stove light.

Thirty-one years later,  I found myself  washing up some of the after-dinner dishes and putting some things away in my own kitchen.  As I dried my hands on a towel and clicked off the light switch on the wall, I turned to look over my shoulder as I was walking out of the kitchen and heading to my own family room.  We don’t have a Jenn Air, but there is a microwave suspended over our stove with a built-in light on the bottom.  it was on and casting a dull but pleasant yellowish glow on the surface of the cupboards and the stovetop below.

I smiled and headed in to the family room to watch some television with Spouse.

By junior

Guitar owner and silly person.

4 comments

  1. We each pick up the strangest habits from growing up; I suspect figgy is starting to believe that the rest of the world is filled with cluttered houses, lots of random buttons and dusty electronics hanging around.

  2. I think what I get from reading your blog,is how a child can pick up, and store memories. I find it fasinating that the great presents, of your youth are not mentioned, but the homey things. I prooves to me that posessions really count for little, but small and seemingly unimportant climpses in a secure home are treasures throughout your life. Only a hint of what was, can bring that memory back. May all youngsters have fond memories…… Reminds me of, “I’ve seen fields of Green, Red Roses too…….

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