29+ quotes from The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Quotes from The Kitchen House

Kathleen Grissom ·  369 pages

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“Could I be your girl, too?" I asked quickly.
The large, broad-shouldered man looked away before he answered. "Well, now," he said, as though he had given it deep thought, "I sure do think I would like that."
"But," I said, concerned that he hadn't noticed, "I don't look like your other girls."
"You mean because you white?"
I nodded.
"Abinia," he said, pointing toward the chickens, "you look at those birds. Some of them be brown, some of them be white and black. Do you think when they little chicks, those mamas and papas care about that?”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“[Y]et, I wondered why Marshall did not at least attempt a kiss. In many ways, his treatment of me reminded me of the way I had behaved toward the doll that Mamma Mae had given me as a child. I favored it so that I had refused myself of the joy of playing with it, daring to love it only with my eyes. But in doing so, I had denied myself its very purpose.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“We a family, carin' for each other. Family make us strong in times of trouble. We all stick together, help each other out. That the real meanin' of family. When you grow up, you take that family feelin' with you.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“...but like Mama say, sometimes we got to live it out before we learn.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“What the color is, who the daddy be, who the mama is don't mean nothin'. We a family, carin' for each other. Family make us strong in times of trouble. We all stick together, help each other out. That the real meanin' of family.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“You look at today, chil'. You say, 'Thank you, Lawd, for everythin' you gives me today.' Then you worries about the next day when the next day come.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“This world is not the only home. This world is for practice to get things right.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“Chil', there things in this world you don't know about yet. We your family, that never change. Even when you find a white boy and gets married, we still your family. Mama always your mama, Belle always your Belle."

I stopped crying. "What about Papa and Ben?" I asked hopefully.

"They watch out for you just like now. Abinia" - Mama looked into my eyes - "you on the winnin' side. One day might be you lookin' out for us.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“This world is not the only home. This world is for practice to get things right. Times, the Lawd say, ‘Nope, that mama, that baby Henry, they too sweet to stay away from Me no more. I brings them home.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“there are times we got to trust the Lawd.” Somehow”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“Then you go ahead and cry, " Will said.

That ended my weeping. Had he asked me not to cry, I would not have been able to stop, but his permission somehow quit my tears.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“The next day she came to my room and gave me a pamphlet to read. Information in it implied that the union between married couples was, while performed by men, to be endured by women. Meanwhile,”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“That some long time away. You look at today, chil’. You say, ‘Thank you, Lawd, for everythin’ you gives me today.’ Then you worries about the next day when the next day come.” I”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“Abinia,” he said, pointing toward the chickens, “you look at those birds. Some of them be brown, some of them be white and black. Do you think when they little chicks, those mamas and papas care about that?” I”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“in front of the embers for a long time. DORY AND I WERE SITTING together in the blue room, and while Dory fed Campbell, I held Sukey. It was an early week in December, the first”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“You look at those birds. Some of them be brown, some of them be white and black. Do you think when they little chicks, those mamas and papas care about that?”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“There are times we got to trust the Lawd.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“Then you go ahead and cry," Will said.

That ended my weeping. Had he asked me not to cry, I would have not been able to stop, but his permission somehow quite my tears.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“With each passing month, I was introduced to other aspects of a new and pleasant world. Yet, though most of my days were spent in happy pursuit, always, underlying, was the tenuous feeling of an uncertain future.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“I was not ungrateful for the fortunate circumstances I found myself in, but through all my time in Williamsburg, my deep longing to return home did not abate.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“My grandma showed me that there is always something to learn, that everybody got something to tell you.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“With horrid premonition, I saw in the future the likelihood of this man becoming a victim of my own unhappiness.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“I often dreamed that I was on a ship. I would wake, my heart pounding from fear of the next wave, the one that would wash away all that was familiar. T”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“Now he have the fear. If he put that fear into hisself, nothin’ make him happy. If he put the fear back into the world, everythin’ be a reason to fight.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“When there was a conversational lull, I remembered my duty and asked my guest about himself. I listened for quite some time as Marshall went on, noting with an inward smile how right Miss Sarah had been when she said that no man could resist talking about himself.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“This one, built in 1773, sat on the edge of town and was more commonly known as the Hospital for the Insane. Its reputation was growing, and it was to this hospital that Miss Martha was admitted. The hospital accepted only those who were dangerous or curable. I was never told under which of these two categories Miss Martha was signed in. The Maddens had an inviting home. Within easy”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“When I relented and ventured forth into the healing sun, I realized how much of a recluse I had become.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“Thirteen years old. Not a boy, not a man.”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


“Maybe when he’s done, I’ll ask Will if Lucy”
― Kathleen Grissom, quote from The Kitchen House


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Kathleen Grissom
Born place: Annaheim, Saskatchewan, Canada
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