CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 27, 2008

TIMES CHANGE: FROM A KITCHEN TO AN OFFICE GRANDMOTHER

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

TIMES CHANGE:

FROM A KITCHEN TO AN OFFICE GRANDMOTHER

     Ahhh…the scents of days past…of grandmothers’ kitchens emitting odors of fresh-baked peanut butter cookies and apple pies, served to grandchildren at the kitchen table before they went out to play under the old apple tree.

Times change. My granddaughter and I eat cookies and pies at a restaurant before proceeding to an office filled with the scent of newspaper ink and stale cigar smoke.

We never bake cookies together—my baking days quit when my children left home. I’ve moved on to another of my nine lives in which I don’t have the time or the inclination to bake.

My granddaughter was a mere infant when I cared for her at regular times.  This threw me into the world of the working (grand)mother. Thus I packed my papers, my laptop, my camera and other office paraphernalia in one arm. The other arm held the diaper bag, the formula and the blankets that would protect her from the dirty carpet in the office.

Never did I dream I would be a “working grandmother” who didn’t supply my grandchild with the scents of baking. What scent will she remember me by? The scent of newspaper ink and remnant cigar smoke?

One can only guess how she will be with her own grandchildren. Hopefully she will reverse the trend and return to the days of wonderful kitchen smells. Lord knows I won’t.

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