Story By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography By Kacy Meinecke
Susan Pompeo has a favorite place; it’s called Wichita, Kansas. And in that place is the home she shared with her husband, Mike, and their son, Nick, for nearly 10 years. And in that home her favorite space for some time has been the kitchen table.
At the time of this interview all of that was changing. Mike Pompeo is no longer our congressman, but the new director of the CIA. That means their new home is in Virginia. And it looks nothing like the home they have been in for several years.
“We have loved this house because it’s a ranch and it’s spread out. In Kansas, everything is spread out.
“Now we’re headed to a place where everything is vertical. But we are close to a large park so Sherman (their dog) will like that and we have a little back yard,” she said.
A copper-topped kitchen table is where Mike and Susan would not only eat, but discuss what was going on. Eventually Susan made it a little office space.
“We had our desks in the office facing each other and we worked in there all the time. But now that he’s not here and his desk is empty, it made me a little sad so I moved in here,” she said.
“When Nick left, the footprint of our home became smaller. Instead of being in the big game room, Mike and I gravitated toward the kitchen,” she said. She added that’s good and bad. She confessed when she worked at her computer for a while she would decide she deserved a reward and would get something to eat. “It made it a little too easy,” she said.
Because she was in the process of moving, Post-It notes in various colors were attached to furniture, designating whether it would go to the new home or not.
Susan said several times it was important to her that the new place feel like home. “When the two Pompeos are there and when Nick comes home, I want it to feel like home. That’s why I’m doing all I can to cram all the furniture we’ve loved into the house.”
She’s making sure she takes things that pass the “brings you joy” test. “Look at this,” she said, picking up a cardboard section of a giant D and a fence for defense. “Nick and his friend made this years ago to take to a WSU game. I can’t throw that away!”
Mike graduated from West Point, so items such as his saber and mementos from campaigns will be moved, along with special WSU Shocker items. “And photos, lots of photos,” she said.