This Used to Be…And Now

This used to be my kitchen.

Where I sit, I’d stand in front of the stove, stirring mac n’ cheese and other minimal meals.

Behind me, I’d wash dishes in the sink, overlooking the neighbor’s yard and the path that rainbows project across the sky.

Where my dog lays behind me, I’m sure there was a dog before. Always underfoot.

Tucked beneath cabinets that still tower out of reach, the fridge once stood ready to open its doors and treat me when I got home.

And here, with just a 90-degree swivel of my stool, a kitchen table, a meeting space, a gathering place once spanned the laminate floors. For playing Legos and Play-doh. For rolling out pies and sugar cookies. To topple a chair at Thanksgiving. To scoop a toddler from the floor minus the corner of a tooth.

The window on the far wall once looked out on the wide world beyond. Ignored for all the commotion that came from this side of the door.

And now, it’s my making space.

Now, where I sit, my stool stands perched in front of a desk that looks out past a screen or sewing machine.

Behind me now, the curtains stay closed to avoid a casting glare.

Now, it’s Ethan who lays at my feet where I’m sure it used to be Maverick. This shepherd smaller and sharper.

Tucked beneath cabinets now, bookshelves fill the space, holding volumes that once belonged to another generation, another version of me, classroom and bedroom libraries deconstructed.

Without a swivel of this seat sits a place to write books and slice stories. To teach and learn from in the midst of a pandemic. To fade into the background while video games play on the TV across the room. To settle bills from. To repair seats for porch swing mornings from.

And the window on the far wall, still looking out on a wide world beyond. Now it gets my full attention with a chair positioned beneath its sill, doubling as a barre in the late afternoons, holding me steady as I plié and pivot my way well past a 52-week streak.

Where once was a kitchen is now this space. Just for me.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. First, thank you for the challenge in your video- its a good one!
    And yes, i did wonder about your room! As I watched the video I kept trying to expand the view to make out things behind you and was still mystified. How fantastic that you could claim the space for yourself. “A room of one’s own” is a big theme for women.
    I was struck by the motion in your piece- great addition, the swivel chair turning this way and then that. The dog that changes over r the years. The chair that becomes a barre later in the day.
    My favorite paragraph was the one where the chair tips at Thanksgiving and you scoop up a toddler minus a corner of a tooth.
    From stirring Mac-n-cheese to….what? What will you do with this gift of space?

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Thanks for reading. Your words beautifully captured the highlights so I can see then anew!

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  2. You transformed a space and made it just for you. What a true gift to have a space where you can connect with others virtually, see the outside world, write, and do so much more. Making that space for yourself was a grand idea!

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Thanks! We have debated moving my office to another part of the house and it is perfect where it sits… for now!

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      1. You don’t need another project… at least not yet. How’s the downstairs bathroom reno coming along?

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      2. Morgan Davis says:

        Right!?! Another day of drywalling and then waiting for paint to dry and then final install. Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away! Thanks for asking!

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  3. I welcome your voice to my familiar safe haven. I love the video addition to our greeting, keep it up, please. August for me is about shifting and changing, realigning and preparing. Can wait to think more with you.

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Thanks, Susan! I am excited to learning alongside you all on #TWTBlog. Your feedback means a lot and I will “see” you every Tuesday all month long!

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  4. mornagersho says:

    Wow! Loved the mixed media, as well as the well used passage of time. I, too sit in my kitchen, or even look out in my yard and think of parties, or breakfasts of another time. Living in those memories if only for a second. A lot going on here- and I loved it.

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Capturing who we are now and then is one of the things I love most about Slicing! Thanks for reading!

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  5. Trish says:

    This is such a great invitation to write—and what fun to read, lively and full of YOU (love the refrigerator there to greet you among other details)!
    Morgan, I love the youtube video and I’m with Stacy. If I hadn’t already written my Slice, I’d be letting you inspire me. Next week…then. Isn’t that the great thing about writing ideas? They have such shelf life. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Thanks for being here! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Debbie Lynn says:

    Your very own personal space that is filled with family memories. Very inspirational. 🙂

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      I really hadn’t ever thought that this is why I like it so much. But it is and I do!

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  7. This is a very interesting tour of your work space. It is interesting how we teach the basic writing skills of not writing in fragments and making sure sentences are actually complete sentences to our students, when it comes to formal writing. But in creative writing, it’s a whole other world where you can break the rules.

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      I love breaking the rules. Like starting sentences in the middle. Like repeating the beginnings. Like many of the things you noticed! The key is knowing how I hope me readers read it! Our students can do this while they learn the rules, right!?

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  8. onathought says:

    What a great invitation – I will need to try it out! (I had already written my slice) I love how you talked about your space in this piece. I felt like I could really imagine it — it seems amazing!

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Thanks for reading! This has been an interesting prompt for the blog series and applies to so many things in our lives. Can’t wait for you to give it a try!

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  9. Annalee says:

    I like how you shared all the nuances of your kitchen space, how it is used and your descriptions. You made me feel like I could sit in your kitchen, dog underfoot, pull out a book from the cabinet and enjoy the noises of a busy and full home.

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  10. Denise Krebs says:

    Morgan, so beautiful. We get to see you in your space with your beautiful words. I love this description of your dog: “This shepherd smaller and sharper.” And all the “To…” sentemces really give us a real glimpse into your world.

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Thanks for reading! So glad to be getting to know you all, too!

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  11. cvarsalona says:

    Morgan, it is great to meet you via video and slice. Your excitement for life is evident in your video but also in the words that you carefully craft into an enthusiastic slice. Your descriptions are alive with images and feelings. Enjoy your very own space. It looks like it will suit your needs for now.

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  12. Lainie Levin says:

    Here’s what really resonates about this post, and I think a lot of the comments get there. As a mama, I’ve found that the kitchen has been the scene of so very much, just like you mention in your paragraph about the legos, the baking, the chipped tooth. It’s a room that has centered me in my obligations to others over my own selfhood. So to see you take that kitchen and claim it as a space that’s entirely your own…well, that adds a whole extra layer.

    Thanks for this beautiful post.

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    1. Morgan Davis says:

      Thanks for the insight! Spot on!

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  13. arjeha says:

    We all need a space to call our own be it for doing projects or writing. Creating that space to fit out needs is part of the fun creative process.

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