Recently I’ve become fascinated by our kitchen table. It’s an ever-changing world of cups, plates, leaflets, technology and general “stuff” but it also has a story to tell. Every day there’s something new and interesting spread across it. And it doesn’t just change day by day but hour by hour, even moment to moment, depending on who’s around and what they’re doing.
Everyone takes photos of their lives, kids, pets, birthdays, weddings, good times and bad. We store them on our hard drives, stuck them to our fridges and send them to our friends. To some degree we tend to measure our passage through time by recording our lives with the simple snapshot.
One day, not too long ago, I thought it would be pretty cool capture what many believe to be the heart of the home, the humble kitchen. Camera in hand, held above our kitchen table, I captured the photo below.
Now this may seem a little mundane but look closely and you will see the story emerge. There’s a plate and pots of jam (or jelly I think you Yankie Doodle Dandies call it!) and that morning we’d baked Jus Roll Croissants, the tinned variety you find in the supermarket chiller. Simply twist and out they pop, stick em in the oven and hey-ho presto yummy croissants!
As you can see there’s a laptop on the table, always in residence, ready for a quick internet browse, email, game of Bejewelled or Facebook update. Those keys are mine by the way, if you can, zoom in on the key ring! There’s a mobile phone, some shopping on the floor, as yet unpacked, and a pair of legs. Not sure who they belong to!
What you don’t see is the hustle and bustle going on around me as I take this photo, but the things on the table remind me of that moment.
Take a look at this shot taken a few days later.
First thing I noticed was the shiny glint in Tilly’s eye at the bottom. Our lovely ninja is fascinated by the little light on the front of my Nokia N8. We’ve got a Sudoku game on the go, empty glasses and a presentation project being edited. The fruit bowl is empty!
Our kitchen table is a feast of conversation, from heated debates to raucous laughter, not to mention good food! Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen is my favourite place to be. I enjoy watching the TV but you can’t have a good catch up when you’re all staring at the goggle box can you? Our kitchen table is a serious multi-purpose tool, used by everyone and neglected by none.
In our ever changing, hectic 24/7 lifestyles it’s nice to know there is always one constant – the kitchen table. It’s always ready to accept anything we care to throw at it, on it, under it (in the case of sniffing dogs) and around it. Laughter, study, games, arguments, you name it, the kitchen table is there to help us on our journey through life. Never underestimate the importance of your kitchen table!
So there it is, our kitchen table, the first of many snapshots of my kitchen life.