5 comments | published by Linda | April 07, 2010
2 Samuel 7:12
"When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom."

When he came to visit, my father-in-law took over the kitchen. This was good. He would bring ingredients never seen before, set the towels, pots and pans where they needed to be, and he would begin. I remember watching him search through drawers and cupboards for trivial items. Never asking, always searching. 

As the afternoon moved on, the smells would creep out of the kitchen walls and slowly fill the house. Over the sounds of the spoons hitting the sides of the pots was his occasional humming, which would often turn to singing. I didn't know the song. It didn't matter. He was here, in my home, and it was good.

He delighted in the serving. We would all sit at the table eager to partake in his creation, and he was happy. I knew that these would be memories that we would all lean on in the future. I wanted each of my children to remember.

A little over a week before my youngest daughter was born, I received his call. We knew he only had hours left. This was one call that I wished could have never ended. Holding tightly to the phone, I didn't want to let go. I reminded him of the times we danced. He promised me we would dance again. He told me to keep cooking his meals for the kids, his grandkids were what mattered. What he left behind for them is what gave his life purpose. This is God's design. He wanted them to remember. I'll never let them forget.

As I now search through drawers and cupboards for trivial items, and the smells slowly creep out of the kitchen, I can still hear his humming, and it often turns into singing.  
Posted in Kitchen & Dining    |   Tags: Into Singing

JenniferTritle
April 07, 2010
Very nicely done...

Wedding Photographer
April 07, 2010
Linda! get me some tissue. come on! that was beautiful.

Fluffy
April 07, 2010
Wow!!!!!That made me tearful (: you have such a way with words!!!!!!

Linda Hoffy
April 08, 2010
AHHH, thanks for your comments. I sure miss Opa...

Rebecca
April 10, 2010
Tears...........................

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