Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bobwhites and Brownies



I adore Brownies because of the kitchen in Only Child girls house. I always volunteered to be the oven watcher just so that I could linger alone in this most special room. A round table tucked into the only corner, a long white tablecloth hanging to the floor. Comfortable chairs with arms and cushions, a lamp on the table. Toaster and jams, blue and white place mats, a cow to spill milk, Delft Blue filled with yellow flowers. Magazines and books, reading glasses and newspapers, round tins of hard candies. A table that never had to be set because it was used throughout the day.

Brownies cut in squares, Bobwhites ready for Boy Talk on Danielle's bedroom floor. Rotation visits could not come soon enough for the chance to be in a bedroom designed especially for her. Pink and white strips hand painted on the walls, French Vanilla moldings before the ceiling. Window seat with underneath drawers, Priscilla curtains in pale green stripes, shutters to pull across the window. Even her closet was custom made to match her room, Family Affair come to life.

Goodbyes at the door, vanilla light over my shoulder, the long walk home. Grassy dew dampening my sneakers, sliding door patio just ahead. "How was your evening?" greetings from Mom. Tucked under feet straightened, book set aside."It was wonderful! We made brownies."



10 comments:

Scrap for Joy said...

Did I ever tell you that the Bobwhite stories are always my favorites? I love the memories of chilhood they bring back, filled with recollections of secret sleuthing with girlfriends...too much Nancy Drew I guess. From a very early age, I also liked to see other's houses but I don't recall now feeling that I wished to live anywhere other than my own home...except for Kathy Moss's GORGEOUS pink bedroom! Yeah, I lusted for that.
Your bluebird is handsome and a perfect guard for the birthday candle holders :D
Joyce

Pieceful Bits said...

Her bedroom sounds divine..pink, green, and vanilla.
Childhood memories are always so vivid. They are the best! Thanks for sharing yours
(~~)
Julie

GardenofDaisies said...

I collect bluebirds, so I am going to have to make this little birdie!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Loving the little bluebird and so thrilled that it is coming to live with ME!

I love visiting Danielle's house and it sounded like a very special place to be invited to. Volunteer oven watcher?..what a great way to sit in that magical sounding kitchen!

Julie said...

Another wonderful story to linger over, Elizabeth! So glad you share these little snippets of your childhood with us...

What an adorable birthday candle jar for Laurie--lucky candle-collecting girl! Love that sweet bluebird, of course!

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday...

Jill said...

That bird is adorable-- I love the little roses. They're so sweet! Laurie is a lucky girl indeed!
Hugs,
Jill

Suz said...

thank you for the pattern! I will copy you for awhile like you copied allsorts.

hugs,
Suz

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Elizabeth, you know how I love these memories from your childhood. Your imagery takes me right there and I get to experience it too. Thank you for that! Have a great day! Twyla

SueLovesCherries said...

Y'know, I tend to shy away from blogs that are wordy - I'm a visual person. But I so look forward to reading your stories! This was a great one!

we buy houses said...

That things is the cutest. Amazing...