I may have grown up in Beverly Hills, but my mother, Eartha Kitt, was born on a cotton plantation in South Carolina. You know what they say, “you can take the girl out of the south, but you can’t take the south out of the girl”. OK, I may be paraphrasing, but my mother was truly ‘of the earth’ and yes, Eartha was her given name. She grew her own vegetables throughout her life, always keeping a garden filled for the two of us many of her friends.
At our house in Beverly Hills, we even had chickens, which was not exactly the norm back in the 1960’s. My mother was ‘green’ long before it was chic. I was eating kale way before it got its own publicist and became hip. My mother would cook it simply, with onions, olive oil and lots of garlic (no vampires were ever coming to our house, that’s for sure). She believed that too many ingredients would mask the true flavor of ‘real’ food. And why would anyone want to do that? I was taught to always eat fresh, locally grown, in season, produce. As nature intended.
When your name is Eartha, you pay attention to what comes out of the ground, as well as what goes in. My mother kept a compost pail at the ready, never wanting to ‘waste’ and always mindful of ‘giving back’, ‘re-purposing’ and ‘nurturing’ the earth.
Remember ~ Treasure ~ Love… Kitt
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3 Response Comments
Your mother was a true and strong black woman, God bless you and your lifestyle business with plenty of success for caring that on. Since your mother was of the Earth it is true that she could never really parish, and her life and wisdom will live on forever because of gift to you, have a great day!
Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.” Ron Finley
I think your mother and Mr. Finley would have been great friends.
What a wonderful picture of you both too.
Kit, because your mother was such a healthy eater—-one who ate her vegetables and fruits and got in her fiber, so many are wondering how colon cancer of all things got her. It does not fit. She is the last person I would think would get that. She was always slim and petite and healthy. I’ll never understand…