There was a fair amount of time while I was growing up when none of my mother’s immediate family lived in Ohio. However, for a short three years, my Aunt Khaki and cousin Camille lived only 10 minutes from us in adorable house; and, looking back, it was some of the most fun and memorable years of my childhood.
In those three years, Camille, Selby, and I took ballet and jazz classes (that really paid off for us ), we broke one of my Aunt Khaki’s favorite vases and successfully glued it back together with Elmer’s glue (she wouldn’t discover it had broken for several months ), and we went camping (where I wet my sleeping bag and subsequently ended up spilling over into my sister’s). We had Easter Egg Hunts, sleepovers, and we went to movies and high school plays. And, of course, we fought; but we usually made up.
We spent a lot of time together and, although it was only for a very short amount of time in the grand scheme of things, I will always treasure those years above others. Camille was like our other sister and my Aunt Khaki was our second mom.
As a result, it’s always a special occasion when we get together (as it is with all of our extended family since we don’t get to see each other often). My Aunt Khaki and my mom were in town this week and it was so nice to get a chance to be together. Even more glorious, Khaki made delicious dinners for us twice this past week. I forgot how nice it is to have prepared food waiting when you get home from work. She even packed my lunch. How sweet is that?
On Wednesday she prepared a delicious spring salad with fresh fruit and walnut-crusted baked goat cheese along with a crusty baguette and handmade passion fruit truffles- it was truly scrumptrulescent.
Then, on Thursday, I came home to a lighter take on chili bowls with a delicious salad and fresh garlic bread. I could get used to my own personal chef.
And… some lovely fresh peonies as well…
Thank you, Aunt Khaki, for delicious food and fun conversation, as always.
Have a great weekend, everyone!