Cook Stove Memories

When I was a little girl, my folks had a wood cook stove
and the smell of the new wood burning in that stove as it
heated the kitchen on cold Pennsylvania mornings
was wonderful.

I would smell freshly brewed coffee as I was awakened to
get ready for school. My, how that does touch a lovely
memory in my mind.

As I aged & got into high school, my folks moved that big
cook stove to the basement and it continued to be used for
heat in Winter. The folks got one of those new fangled
electric stoves to cook on and it was cleaner, neater and
you could regulate it better, but that wonderful wood
burning smell was gone.

Every Winter as the frigid winds howled around the eves of
the house and I snuggled under what seemed to be a mountain
of blankets and quilts I longed for the comfort of the dying
embers of that wood heat and smell. Isn't it funny, how just
reading a poem can bring on such strong, detailed memories?
I just loved it!

We lived in central Pennsylvania and it is really beautiful
country in that area. It is extremely fertile land and one
often smelled the aroma from wood stoves. One year when
I was a young 14 or 15 yr. old, there was a hurricane named
Hazel that caused a lot of damage. Most everyone had
electric stoves and oil furnaces by then and few had kept
their cook stoves. People walked for a mile or more to cook
on our cook stove or drove their trucks to cook a hot meal.

It was a mixture of wonderful chatter, cooking scents and
a coming together to help one another. I will never forget
that time of closeness that I felt at seeing neighbor
with neighbor.

Ann Fisher
October 20, 2006

Psalm 28: 7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him.

This story is used with Ann's permission.
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