Everyone remembers their first of major milestones in their life. Their first bike. Their first car. Their first dishwasher….
Growing up we didn’t have a dishwasher. Well no, that’s not exactly right. I was the dishwasher. I remember friends and neighbors having them. Most of them weren’t really built in, they had to move the unit over to the sink and connect hoses to run it. But still, it would have meant less work for me and so I dreamed of one day owning my very own dishwasher.
Adulthood came, and marriage. Still no dishwasher. Until the Navy moved us across the country in 2002 and we chose base housing in Pt. Mugu California. I’ll never forget the conversation I had with my husband.
“Can you show me how to use the dishwasher?” I asked.
He stared at me.
I stared back.
“You don’t know how to use a dishwasher?” he asked incredulously.
You’d have though I had grown another head at this point.
“No, I have never had one.”
To this day he is amazed that I had never used a dishwasher until I was almost 30.
While I loved having that dishwasher, true joy came when we bought our very own dishwasher in 2003 for our first home. It was a GE Appliances dishwasher and I couldn’t have been more excited to purchase a kitchen appliance. Her name was Mabel and she was with me for the birth of both of my children. She washed and dried so many dishes for us over the years – and lots and lots of baby bottles and sippy cups.
When we moved in 2007, there was one stipulation in the listing of our home – the dishwasher was not negotiable. Mabel was coming with us.
Obviously my kids have never known a life without a dishwasher and won’t have the same “firsts” associated with one like I did, but our kitchen is definitely a place of other firsts. We spend so much time in there, it truly is the center of our home both literally and figuratively.
Homework is done at the kitchen counter. After school snacks. Spending time together while dinner is being prepared. And learning how to cook for themselves.
Oh, and practicing for a gig as a food blogger.
Very little happens in our home that doesn’t revolve around our kitchen, and I hope that these family bonding times are something that stays with them all of their lives and influences how they create memories with their children. At the end of the day it’s the memories we create that live on.
GE Appliances knows that the kitchen is often the center of the home and they want to help you celebrate the memories you create there with their “Our American Kitchen’ campaign. Through this campaign, GE Appliances has created a series of webisodes that honor American families and the bonds created in their kitchens.
Our American kitchen is a place where we laugh, learn and love. There have been tears in our kitchen, heartbreak and sorrow. But at the end of the day there is one thing that remains – the joy we have being together as a family.
Watch the Richards Family story here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.