There he is, looking shiny new and in control, his powerful stainless steel arms folded against his gleaming body as if to display command of my kitchen. The new oven my offspring convinced me I needed. Perfect in every way.
For someone like me, who is old enough to remember when avacado was the most sought after color in appliances, and who had become accepting of black, the dazzling stainless steel oven is truly transformative. It commands attention even over the stainless steel dishwasher, another appliance family members convinced me I needed. I guess we oldsters get so comfortable with the familiar that sometimes barely functioning appliances seem like old friends.
Now that I've succumbed to family pressure, I have to admit my latest handsome kitchen helper brings a smile to my face. And his one black eye in the middle of his "forehead" announces the passage of time with absolute accuracy, a function that was long defunct on his predecessor. I'm now with the moment! On trend and on time!
Before I get too comfortable, however, as I look around my kitchen, there's just one thing I've been pretending not to notice. Close to my new oven is my electric range. And my gleaming new oven makes my range hood look kind of dented and tacky. Funny thing is, I never saw this before... and the refrigerator does look more than a little dated. Well, maybe this is not the end of the process after all. Still, if I squint my eyes...