Still Dancing

26 Feb

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written or posted much of anything here but Kitchen Dancing has never been far from my mind. Yet again, I would like to resurrect my poor neglected blog. But this time around, I’m rethinking it, reshaping it – I have decided I need to broaden my scope. In the past months my silence has not always been a reflection of how busy life is in our household,  how difficult it is to prioritize writing after a long day with a toddler or a long day at work. Often, perhaps. But not always. There have been times when I’ve had lots to say but I’ve felt confined by the theme of this venue.  So, I am making a decision. This will not be a blog just about local food and cooking , food politics and recipes, though I’m sure those will be frequent topics. Instead this will be a general outlet for my musings, for anyone who is interested in listening. Hello out there.

My house, the first and only house my husband and I have bought so far, is a little farmhouse that was built around 1850. Supposedly the Manhan River used to run right through my backyard (it’s since been re-routed much further behind my house) and supposedly my little house started as just a kitchen and shop. Mules used to pull barges down the river and workers would stop at my house to stock up on supplies and get a bite to eat. The previous owner said she found horseshoes in the garden. And we’ve found weights for an old fashioned scale on the property. I love this story of my home’s origins – that this was a place founded on hospitality.

Over time other rooms were added on and this building became a house. It’s purpose evolved. But I still think of the kitchen as the nucleus, the place where our energy is concentrated. Yes, it’s the room where we do our cooking, but it’s also the place where we hatch our plans, where we pour a glass of wine and talk with our friends, where we flop around on the floor with our son pretending to swim like whales, and where we turn up the music and boogie until we are out of breath.

Some things may be changing, but you can be assured we are still dancing in the kitchen.

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5 Responses to “Still Dancing”

  1. Liz February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I think it’s a wonderful reinvention! And I like the new look!

  2. Adrienne March 1, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Welcome back Erica. The blog looks great!I look forward to more of your musings!

  3. Harriet March 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    I love the new look and look forward to much, much more from you. You are such an inspiration. XOXO

  4. Lori March 4, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    This is so interesting to hear you say, Erica. I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog, but I’d like it to cover a range of subjects (though mostly about cooking and parenting), and feeling that I had to somehow regularize it and narrow it has been holding me back. But your thoughts here mirror my more recent feeling too that blogs don’t have to be that way! So thanks for the encouragement by example, and I look forward to reading more here!

    • Erica March 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      Oh Lori-
      Do it! There is no reason these blogs can’t be our own individual invention, written about whatever our hearts desire. I would love to read your blog! As would so many others I am sure. Would it have a more creative writing spin? You have my whole-hearted encouragement!!!
      – E

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