Misty Copeland Reflects on Not Having Early Childhood Kitchen Memories Because She Was Homeless

The iconic ballet dancer said despite an unstable upbringing, her childhood was not bleak.

Misty Copeland's memory bank of childhood experiences in the kitchen is pretty sparse.

While appearing on the Audible Original "Your Mama's Kitchen" podcast hosted by Michele Norris, the legendary ballet dancer looked back on her early days with her family and how the kitchen, or lack thereof, helped shape her into who she is today.

"Well, until I lived with my stepfather, we didn't have a stable home," Copeland said when asked about her formative years. "We were often houseless. We lived in a lot of motels."

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She continued, "There was a lot of moving around in different motels."

While describing her motel experience that came equipped with a kitchen, she clarified, "But it wasn't really a kitchen; you can call it a kitchenette, or something like that. There wasn't a lot of cooking going on."

"So I don't really have memory of cooking happening," she added.

Copeland's family frequented eateries and markets within their budget to make do with what they had.

"It was fast food or [we] shopped at the 99-cent store, or whatever cheap grocery store, or we're eating Cup-o-Noodles or canned vegetables," she remembered. 

Still, Copeland isn't cynical about her younger days without fundamental kitchen memories.

"So, I don't know that there was necessarily a negative experience or something that happened in the kitchen," she added, "I just really don't remember kitchen being a present part of my upbringing." 

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