Shook says of her Mother, "Geneva was never the easiest person to get along with. Certainly, she did not suffer fools gladly. Many, many times we locked horns, but usually she never stayed mad for very long. The happiest times when I was growing up were spent in the kitchen watching her cook."
One of my favorite parts of Shook's work is the the description of her Mother's kitchen. "The kitchen walls were painted blue and yellow to match the floor -- blue on the bottom and yellow on the top -- with high gloss enamel paint (scrubbable). We kept the ancient gas stove which you and to light with a match. That relic even went with us when we moved years later. We also had a little fridge that came out of Noah's Ark til 1957 when we got a new Hotpoint with a separate freezer on top. In an alcove over next to the pantry, which was behind our kitchen table, resided the old arcola coal burning furnace which kept those radiators sizzling hot and us toasty warm. our kitchen was the cosiest place imaginable on God's green earth......" Now, that just makes me want to go back to my grandma's kitchen!
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