06 May 2011

100 Word Challenge: Kitchen Dance

In an attempt to write more, I am going to attempt to regularly participate in The 100 Word Challenge. Each week, Velvet Verbosity posts a prompt, and participants write 100 words, in any form, in response to the word. This week's word: Family

Kitchen Dance

The syncopated bursts of laughter compete with the rhythm of her knife. Chop, sauté, simmer, spice. She loves listening to the retold stories the best, the comfort of favorites filling her up as she fills up the pot with stock and stewed tomatoes. Weaving between listeners, her dance builds layers of flavors, future memories.

The spoon scrapes the bottom of the pot in the silence, the last of the gumbo greedily filling one last bowl. All around the room glazed looks and satisfied smiles meet her searching eyes. No hunger here. No hurt now.

The scent of spices lingers. Loved.

ETA: Here are some of the other Challenge posts...


  1. what a delightful picture of family life - no hunger here - no hurt now. Welcome to the challenge and thanks for sharing.

  2. Ahh... the family kitchen. A place of comfort and love. This makes me miss my grandmother and her homemade biscuits.

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words! One of the nice things about food is when we have the memorable ones again, we get a little piece of that great moment along with them.

  4. What a lovely picture your words paint - great piece.

  5. Love your rendering of "family" here. Welcome to the challenge!