Monday, September 11, 2006
Our Lady of the Kitchen Sink
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the kitchen sink is a main artery. We mothers spend so much time in front of the kitchen sink that it only seems natural to place an image of the Blessed Mother there. She stands before us as a blessing upon the home, a companion in our day's work and a model and inspiration to virtue.
I remember the statue my own mother had over her kitchen sink. We would bring her the prettiest flowers we could find from the yard. Buttercups, Violets, Wild Roses and even the occasional Lady Slipper (though it was rumored that those were illegal to pick in New Hampshire) would find its way there. I don't remember when or who began calling her "Our Lady of the Kitchen Sink," but it stuck.
While my boys don't spend too much time picking flowers, they are devoted naturalists and they love to bring me gifts from the yard all the year round. In April, Mary is decorated with Crocuses and bird's feathers. In June, she is adorned in large pink climbing roses while Quartz, Mica, and other semi-precious stones surround her. In October, she wears an impressive display of colored leaves and has acorns strewn at her feet. And in December, she holds a sprig of Holly and stands among Pinecones.
In Cape Cod, the boys were particularly generous. All week long they gathered the loveliest shells and brought them to me. They understood that I wasn't anxious to hold the crabs they found or the kelp they collected for themselves. They understood that what I liked were pretty shells and they delighted to give them to me. I brought their gifts home in heavy pockets each night and placed them on the window sill over the sink.
When we returned home, one of the first things we did was to place the shells around Our Lady of the Kitchen Sink. So now, when I am scrubbing pots, I can look up and see this Queen, who rejoiced in her lowliness, decorated so beautifully in the humble and generous gifts of five little boys. Blessed is she, the Mother of Our Lord, among all women everywhere. And blessed am I in my little home among my little men.
Our Lady of the Kitchen Sink everywhere,
Pray for us and the Little Ones in our care.