around the kitchen table


blue morning

pumpkin donut muffins

Perhaps the World Ends Here
~ Joy Harjo

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.
We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.
It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.
At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.
Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.
This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.
Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.
We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.
At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.
Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

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This poem really got me thinking just how much life goes on around a kitchen table…some of my fondest memories growing up in my parent’s kitchen and now here in my own home. I’ve been trying to think of a photo project to work on this year and I think this just may be it – “Around the Kitchen Table” With fall coming on and the days getting shorter (and colder), I think this could be fun.

And another photo project just came my way over the weekend. I’ve been invited to be a regular contributor on one of my favorite photography sites – MONOCHROMIA. I’m very excited to be part of this fantastic team of photographers and look forward to learning a lot from them. I will be posting over there every Sunday and I hope you will stop by and say hello!

And lastly, if you would like the recipe for the delicious Pumpkin Donut Muffins here on my kitchen table, click HERE

29 thoughts on “around the kitchen table

  1. Of those that have been closest to me, it is their kitchen tables, not their living rooms, that I remember.
    Congrats on your invitation! I had not heard of the site but will now be visiting πŸ™‚

  2. A heart-warming post. Yes, kitchen hold stories… and your beautiful photos of the kitchen table tells wonderful stories.
    Thank you for the recipe link πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful light on the first !!! sorry a little greedy, I ate all the cake
    Am on Monochromia already, beautiful shots !!! I started photography in argentic with black and white here and talk to me much !!
    Cheers for your publications
    Good weekend

  4. Wonderful words and images Susan πŸ™‚ It sounds like a great idea to me after all as you said “so much happens around the kitchen table. Good luck with it πŸ™‚

  5. We are having a heck of a time commenting on some blogs today. no idea why. but we did a few tricks and here we are. Wanted to repeat that we LOVE your work and the pics of the pitcher reminded us instantly of Johannes Vermeer, I will happily pose with a pearl earring (if it’s a clip on) if you’d like, xo, LMA

  6. That’s a wonderful poem about the kitchen table, I think that is true of so many families. I love the colour of that ceramic jug, my favourite colour blue! πŸ™‚

    And thanks for the recipe, they look very interesting, I’ve only cooked with butternut squash, never tried pumpkin, they always look so big for one person to buy!

  7. I have never heard that poem but it was a good one. It’s sad though because so many families rarely eat togther any more at the dinner table. Loved that blue vase and the marigold. I’ll check out the link you left and congrats on becoming a contributor.

  8. I just love this poem, Susan, and how very true it is. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I had a fireplace put in the kitchen at House #2. I simply asked the question, “But where do we spend most of our time????” Not another word was said. πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on becoming a contributor at Monochromia, and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Lisa, that’s one thing I love about my house, my kitchen is open to the family room, so we can enjoy the fireplace while at the kitchen table. That was a smart decision! Hope you are enjoying house #2!

  9. What an introduction to your blog … stunning photos (that first one made me exclaim out loud) and an incredible poem. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely post!

  10. Beautiful photos as always. πŸ™‚ My family was not close growing up unfortunately. I always love the stories about warmth and life around kitchen tables. I envy it. I need to create it more in my own home now. Really lovely Susan.

  11. I’ve long been a proponent of the well used kitchen (or dining room) table. I brought my son up around the table, we have friends and family over, there is laughter, there have been tears. we’ve played games. grieved … so much more. So pleased you’re using it as a photography project.

  12. My first thought at looking at your photo’s was…”you really do follow the light and you get it every time”. Not so easy some days…but then after reading your poem, oh my, I was thinking of our table here and how over the years it has changed and grown..your series will be lovely and perhaps one day..I might follow you at the kitchen table…sure is the focus of most households I know…this was a really beautiful, and though provoking post…thank you for sharing..

  13. Your beautiful shots remind me how much cake at the kitchen table helped me get through my boys’ teen-age years – cake had the magic power of loosening them up, talking to each other and getting things off their chests!
    Welcome to Monochromia Susan and look fwd to catching up with you over there, put the kettle on!

    1. Thanks so much, Patti! Yes, I can relate as I have two sons myself, now grown and living in different areas of the country…but boy, thank goodness for those talks around the kitchen table! And the kettle is always on…

  14. Many, many thanks to you all! And thank you, Monochromia photographers for stopping by, much appreciated! Will probably dedicate one post a month to “Around the Kitchen Table”. May not be the most exciting posts as things are pretty quiet lately, but I’ll just see where it takes me.

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