After dinner, my sisters and I would be dubbed "Clean-up Duty" and we would all choose a particular task, as my parents would go off together to watch the News, or just catch up after a long day. These are special memories for me, because, being the typical girls we were, "cleaning up" was never just "cleaning up". It was a chance for conversation, joking, dancing, (including many times when the big band music would play, and we would all take turns swing dancing with our "Mr. Broom.") The Kitchen was more than just another room of our house...it was a central place for gathering, connecting and conversing.
So if the mother of the house is more often than not, found in the Kitchen, why not also invite the Ultimate Mother of all? The Virgin Mother? Our Kitchen Madonna? It has been a mission of mine to find this beloved statue, and unfortunately I have remained unsuccessful in finding a suitable one. But when I finally have, I will take this Queen of the Kitchen, and place her in my kitchen, and remember that no matter how crazy life may become, no matter how stressful I may be...no matter how messy my kitchen may appear; every time I stand in my Kitchen and gaze at my Mother, I will remember I am standing exactly where my family needs me to be. Mary, Madonna of the Kitchen, help me fulfill all my duties with love and humility!
Lord of All Pots and Pans!
Lord of all pots and pans and things
Since I've no time to be
A saint by doing lovely things or
Watching late with Thee,
Or dreaming in the twilight of
Storming heaven's gates;
Make me a saint by getting meals or
Washing up the plates.
Although I must have Martha's hands
I have Mary's mind, and
While I black the boots and shoes
Thy sandals, Lord, I find.
I think of how they trod the earth
Each time I scrub the floor,
Accept this meditation, Lord,
I havent' time for more.
Warm all the kitchen with Thy love,
And light it with Thy peace,
Forgive me all my worrying
And make all grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food
In room or by the sea
Accept this service that I do
I do it unto Thee.