Kitchen Floor – Instant Flashback

Originally uploaded by lauri N lily

It’s amazing the things you sometimes find on the internet.

While working on a project that has a somewhat retro feel, I remembered my mom’s kitchen floor that was laid in about 1975 or so, and stayed there until the mid-90s.  For some reason I found myself inspired to search “70s floor” on Flickr, just to see what I would find.

The second photo that came up was this photo.  This is the pattern that was on my mom’s floor during that time.

Seeing this pattern brings back a lot of great memories for me. I remember when it was laid in, and how new and wonderful it was. One of my favorite things to do was to pretend the little paths between the circles were streets and use them for my Matchbox cars.

We kept this pattern far too long. By the early 90s it was coming up in spots throughout the kitchen and was creating a safety hazard for all of us. In 1994 we replaced it by placing a low-pile blue carpeting over it, and in the early 2000s we replaced it again, this time removing all of the old layers (by then there were three- the carpet, this floor and the original linoleum underneath) and re-did the entire floor with another new carpet.

But this floor holds the most special memories for me. Memories of birthdays and breakfasts. Memories of Christmases and dinners, both formal and informal. Memories of chairs being dragged along its bumpy surface. Memories of echos of laughter and the dishwasher running. Memories of our dog’s toenails clacking across it as he came in from the cold, racing into the living room to play some more.

The power of the senses – sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. It’s amazing how they work to dig up such wonderful memories.

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0 thoughts on “Kitchen Floor – Instant Flashback

  1. I would SO be playing my Matchbox’s on that floor too! We had a wood floor in the house I grew up in, so I was driving them along the slats. The kitchen was a pattern that looked like headcheese which leant itself to nothing more then a desert wasteland. Which is fine; my mother would have been irritated to no end if I tangled her up in the kitchen with parked cars!

    Let me guess…butterscotch or avocado counter tops?

    Haven’t listened to the latest FOF which you take part in; but look forward to it!

    Jonzu FOF #1419

  2. I would SO be playing my Matchbox’s on that floor too! We had a wood floor in the house I grew up in, so I was driving them along the slats. The kitchen was a pattern that looked like headcheese which leant itself to nothing more then a desert wasteland. Which is fine; my mother would have been irritated to no end if I tangled her up in the kitchen with parked cars!

    Let me guess…butterscotch or avocado counter tops?

    Haven’t listened to the latest FOF which you take part in; but look forward to it!

    Jonzu FOF #1419

  3. smell is supposedly the strongest sense associated with memory. for me, the smell of BC Powder conjures up memories of my first sexual experience as a 16 year old

  4. smell is supposedly the strongest sense associated with memory. for me, the smell of BC Powder conjures up memories of my first sexual experience as a 16 year old

  5. These floors always seemed to be in the kitchen and it was the best place to play jacks because the ball bounced the best. I remember where the kitchen floor ended and the dining room started was a deep dark orange shag…classy!

  6. These floors always seemed to be in the kitchen and it was the best place to play jacks because the ball bounced the best. I remember where the kitchen floor ended and the dining room started was a deep dark orange shag…classy!

  7. there are just really some amazing things you can discover on the internet. I on the other hand was searching for some ideas to replace our kitchen flooring and I fell in love with this new eco-friendly kitchen flooring I found featured on this article http://www.bathroomandkitchenguide.com/Kitchen-…. The wide paneled bamboo is also a reminiscent of my childhood where I spent most of day doing homework on our kitchen floor.

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