The perfect kitchen



The smell of homemade chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven


A hearty autumn meal gently simmering in the slow cooker


The warm glow from the ceiling spotlights, as the sun goes down and the evening draws in


Welcome to our perfect kitchen!


Well, perfect for us, anyway


We’ve never had a designer looking kitchen


They’ve all had fittings older than we are

With one exception, which was almost new, yet so tiny only one person at a time could be in there


In one house, the oven was so broken and misshapen, everything we ate for a year looked like an edible ode to the leaning tower of Pisa


And let’s not forget the kitchen where the floor was caving in so badly, we inadvertently became Parkour experts


But none of it ever mattered

Because those kitchens were filled with the business of caring for our loved ones, and ourselves


What made those kitchens so special, were the Christmas Dinners prepared by Clarke in his dodgy Santa onesies


Or Carrie painting the ceiling in green goop whilst trying to make baby food in a blender, but being too tired to remember to put the lid on first

We’ve never had a pretty, or even fully functional kitchen


But we‘ve always found joy in the ones we’ve had


And, most importantly, we improvised and used them anyway


Because, if we’d have waited for an oven that worked properly


Or a floor that wasn’t on the verge of total collapse


We would never have made anything good


There is no such thing as the perfect life conditions, when it comes to addressing our declining mental health


Work won’t get less busy. The kids won’t be more settled in school


And we won’t just suddenly wake up one day and magically feel better


We need to ask for professional help first


Let’s not wait for the ever-elusive optimal conditions


It is always now. Right now. Today


Now is the perfect time. Imperfect now


Unsteady ground and all








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