Sometimes it just takes a little irritation to make the day better.
Here’s what I mean.
Yesterday morning I woke up in some kind of harsh blue mood, thinking mean thoughts about myself and feeling like, to quote a Bonnie Raitt song, “nothin’ I try to do ever turns out right.”
I worked my way through that and went on with the day…wrote a post…did some laundry…finished the top of a pillow I’ve been appliquéing by hand…worked on a couple experimental sewing projects…did some more laundry…picked up the kids at school…worked with Julia on her vocabulary words…got dinner started.
While dinner was in the oven, I went into the music/computer room to check email and play free cell and otherwise kill time until the pizza crust was ready to top.
I always get happy when I check my email and see that someone has posted a comment on this website. Always. Except when I see that it’s human-generated spam, which is annoying but sometimes funny because some of them read like poorly translated take-out menus.
And except when I read something such as this:
"barefoot" kitchen witch? please don’t try to fool anyone by using the Barefoot name, that belongs to someone already!
The commenter had signed in as Punky, in case you’re wondering, and Punky’s comment is on the “Details” section of this site.
Anyway, Punky’s thoughtful contribution went straight to my heart.
To my very soul.
Or, perhaps, given the subject, perhaps the comment went to my soles.
You know, the “barefoot” ones.
Now, first of all, Punky, my website has had the name Barefoot Kitchen Witch since I started blogging, about seven or eight years ago. I thought long and hard about the name, because I wanted it to reflect who I am (or feel I am) at my most basic.
So, contrary to your sweetly worded accusation, I’m not trying to fool anyone. In fact, I have no idea WHAT you mean by that. How would I be fooling people with that name?
Well…now that I think about it…there is this.
Yes. There you have it: Damning photographic evidence that I have, in fact, been fooling you all along.
My feet are not bare all the time.
Perhaps the name should have been the Barefoot-Most-of-the-Time Kitchen Witch.
I’ll think on that, Punky, and get back to you if I should decide to rename this here sneaky and shifty website.
But then, of course, there’s the next part of that sentence. I’ll type it again because I love it so.
“…by using the Barefoot name…”
I wasn’t aware that using the word “barefoot” was synonymous with deception and subterfuge. Or that “the Barefoot name” had been reserved for only one person in the world or on the internet.
I just did a search on the word “barefoot” and here are a few of the things that came up…
Barefoot – a website and hand made hand woven clothing
Barefoot Contessa – Ina Garten’s website
and lots of others – Barefoot Books, Barefoot Saddles, Barefoot Flooring, Barefoot Appraisal, Barefoot Training, Barefoot Running, Barefoot Productions, Barefoot Church, lots of variations on Barefoot Kitchen, and, of course, eventually, me.
Now, I’m going way out on a limb here, but I THINK that the “Barefoot name” to which Punky refers is Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa. Makes sense, right? All that food and cooking and stuff?
As I pointed out in my reply to Punky, the Barefoot Contessa was a gourmet food shop that Ina Garten PURCHASED in the late 70’s.
And I have since discovered that the store was actually named after the 1954 movie, The Barefoot Contessa, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner.
Guess what, Punky?
NO ONE owns the word “Barefoot.”
It’s an adjective. Sometimes an adverb.
And it’s out there for everyone to use.
Now, if I’d called this site “The Barefoot Contessa Kitchen Witch,” then your indignation would be righteous.
I didn’t, though, because I’m not her.
Barefoot Kitchen Witch.
So your indignation is misplaced.
Perhaps you need a creative outlet of your own.
A blog, maybe.
And you can call it any old thing you like.
And I promise that I won’t suddenly appear there, out of the blue, just to make some snide comment, just to be…mean? Rude? Indignant? Annoying?
There. I feel better.