Making sacrifices is part of being human. At certain points in our lives we will make important life changing decisions – and then be forced to live with them, forever. Last year I came back to my family in Torbay, from a fifteen year studying and self-development sabbatical. I had left my husband of six years to raise our children, because I knew something was up and it wouldn’t stop being up until I did something for me. After returning to secondary education, then working my way through college, a doctorate and years of experience as a psychiatrist in Los Angeles; it was time to return home to my loving family – who had always accepted my decision and had probably benefited from my absence.
Returning home after such a long time, I knew things would be different – but I was not prepared for the emotional roller-coaster that was stepping back into the kitchen. When I had left it in the early noughties, we’d just finished completing the renovation work, the white goods and paint were fresh – I felt at peace leaving it with my family. Stepping back in, years later, I was shocked by how it was treated. My oldest daughter had taken to cooking the family meals (my workaholic husband worked sixteen hour days) and had abused the hob and oven that had come at such cost. I had picked out the top of the range cooker, to complete our high-end kitchen, and remember distinctly signing the finance papers – not knowing that this was an investment in a future that I would not see.
Dropping my bags in the halls; I remember opening the oven door and just staring at the build up of cooking oils, cheese spills and baking errors. All this mess on my hands, seemingly forever caked on, and none of it my fault! Thankfully I had a plan, and its something that you can instigate yourself if you’re left with a similar problem to clean up. I called up a company called OvenU, they specialise in personal oven cleaning services. For a surprisingly affordable price, they’ll send a skilled member of their team out to completely clean your oven from top to bottom. Its amazing what a clean oven will do to help you feel at home again. Its made my return so much easier to cope with.
Onwards with life! Its about time my oldest thought about leaving home. God knows she’s done enough damage to the kitchen, Lord knows
what she’s been feeding the rest of the family in my absence! My other ones are past school leaving age, I’ve no doubt they’ll be chomping at the bit soon to get a place of their own – and my husband has been talking about an extended golf holiday for a while now. Soon the house will be back to its former glory and we can be a happy family just like I always wanted.
-x- Katherine -x-