About Grout

When I reflect on what has most changed me and made me a better person, I come up with the dark times in my life. The people pain, the loss pain, the “I can’t change this” pain. During these times, there’s no bright lining in my range of vision. It’s only in looking back that I can see polished fruit against the darkness that brought it forth. Life’s mosaic is not only about the tile – it’s about the grout, the gritty goop that connects it all. (If you sense a kitchen reno lesson coming, you’ve got me pegged.)

The only thing I was sure of when we began our kitchen project was that I wanted tan subway tiles for the backsplash. I thought I wanted white cabinets, but they’re wood tone. I was happy to keep my old appliances, but our son works for Samsung and, well, we now have stainless. I wanted the lightest color countertop in the warehouse, but after selecting it, we switched it out for darker tones. The flooring choice changed from tile to wood; the paint from gold to tan; the stools from with backs to backless. The only thing that never changed is the tan subway tile. All was good… until the installers saw the grout. It matched! It was perfect! It was dull! They suggested a coffee color grout – way too far out of the box for me. Long story, short: we now have dark grout which makes the tan tile shine and looks incredible. The contrast brings out the beauty of the tile.grout2

I’m pretty sure you’re like me and would like life’s events, challenges and relationships to simply blend together. But without the contrast, we don’t shine. We need the dark, gritty goop of life. So forgive the maudlin analogy, but my kitchen renovation has underscored yet another truth — life’s beauty is all about the grout.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. susanpanzica
    Aug 08, 2015 @ 00:50:13

    It looks beautiful! And I’m loving the eternal life lessons from “ordinary” experiences.



    • bhigby
      Aug 15, 2015 @ 11:44:32

      Thanks, Susan. As you can tell from the time it took me to reply, I’m up to my ears in this project… but it doesn’t cover my smile! I’m blessed!



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