I first felt love in the kitchen. My family had a large vegetable garden and every summer we spent countless hours preserving summer’s bounty for the upcoming winter months. Canning peaches was perhaps the most impressive production and display of our family’s unity. Dad sat at the kitchen counter with a big bowl in his lap and deftly sliced the fruit in half, removed the seed, then swiftly, expertly removed the fuzzy skin from its juicy body before dropping it into a separate bowl.
Mom’s station was by the stove as she heated a concoction of water and sugar which would ultimately be poured over the peaches once they were placed inside the canning jars. That’s where I came in! My role in the kitchen was to wash the canning jars in preparation for assembly. Immersed in the warm, soapy water, my tiny wrists slid easily into the jars, and with a simple swish swish of the rag, I completed my task with a sense of importance knowing that I was a valued and necessary part of my family.
When people gather in a kitchen, whether as family or friends, there is a spirit of community that is like none other. The laughter is always deeper; the stories more vivid; the conversation never fades. Hidden among the warmth and arresting aromas waffling through the air, we feel safe to be our most authentic selves. And love grows.
Over the past several years the Must Love Shoes family has grown enormously. Often a featured pick for book clubs, we’ve gathered to connect, laugh, and share our respective stories. During conferences, retreats and other special events, we remind ourselves that it’s not really about the shoes but about the life and love we experience when we wear them.
I’ve been blessed to benefit from the event planning savvy of Kelly Beach of Vicarious Travel as we continue planning more exciting events in the coming months. Recently we strapped on our sassiest shoes and played pretty at Smooch Studios in Frederick. What fun it was to watch women make new friends as they primped, dabbed, and puckered up for each other!
On Thursday evening, June 27th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, “Must Love Shoes” will be donning aprons as we learn how we busy women can eat light, right, and stay looking our sassy sight with another signature boutique event called “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Christine Van Bloem of The Kitchen Studio in Frederick will be our “top chef” as she guides us through some creative ideas for cooking light this summer.
There will be interesting women, wine, arresting aromas waffing through the air as we cook…. and laugh…. tell stories….and connect.
And there will be love.
Because love ALWAYS grows in the kitchen.
Come be part of the excitedment. To register, click on: Must Love Shoes Cooking Event