Beautiful Essay in the Washington Post — Boys and girls, this is what a good personal essay looks like:

My first kitchen was very small, but then so was I. For my first two years I was an only child, and the world of this small kitchen revolved around me, and life was good, very good.

My parents worried that I needed a companion. To ease their mind, I asked Santa Claus for a puppy dog. I got a sister. I stopped believing in Santa Claus.

Adding messy insult to injury, my little sister turned into a dunker. In our small kitchen there was no room for a messy dunker. When my sister dunked her toast in her hot chocolate, we all were splashed. Six inches away from me, a slimy butter-oil slick would spread across the top of her hot chocolate. Bits of butter-coated toast floated in the slick, like dying seabirds caught in the wake of a ruptured oil tanker.

Continue reading Donovan Kelly’s “The Kitchen” in Monday’s Washington Post.

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4 comments… add one
  • Sharon Hurley Hall Feb 5, 2008

    Yes, that IS beautiful. Thanks for the tip, Kristen :)

  • Rachel Feb 5, 2008

    Concurred. Did anyone else think it was a nod to “Those Winter Sundays”?

  • admin Feb 5, 2008

    Now that you point it out, absolutely. Can’t believe I missed it, actually. Thanks!


  • Lori Feb 6, 2008

    Proof again that simple prose is more powerful than busting out all the stops to get the reader’s attention. Quiet brilliance.

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