Growing up my family always ate meals together. Meals weren’t fancy, but they tasted great. Conversation wasn’t stimulating, but everyone shared their day and we discussed whatever might be an issue at the time. We were never allowed to have a T.V. on during the meal, but frequently we tried to finish before our favorite prime time show came on. I remember always having a feeling of security and love, although it wasn’t frequently expressed. I’m sure as we grew up, particularly during the teen years, we missed a few meals together. But, there were more together than not.
My question is…….. Do families still eat together? I listen to my friends busy schedules of after school events, piano, dance, girl scouts, soccer, baseball, church. These are but a few. They start running, with siblings in tow, from one activity to another. Each child with his/or her own schedule of activities. Many last until dark or later. What happened to Mother in the kitchen, preparing a meal? What happened to children learning to set a table correctly? When did families begin eating on the go?
As for me and my house, eating together is a priority. We begin with prayer, and enjoy passing the plate. Time is spent visiting about games played at recess and how you did on today’s spelling test. Even our 3 year old enjoys sharing the words she’s learned on Dora, or singing a new song from a favorite CD. I miss the nights we don’t sit down together and share a meal. I hope that other families will make time to come together and share one anothers lives.
My kids are grown 20 & 22 now…but we still do Sunday family dinner…with prayer, friends and good food!
I recently spent some serious time thinking about the nature of relationships and I blogged and podcasted about it. I am dealing with a sense of rejection in my life due to some personal issues but your post is helping me see the light of it. You see I am fully submitted to the Lord and His perfect will. Maybe the reason this didn’t work out is so that I can be home every night to sup with my family.
Thanks for a renewed perspective. Thank you Lord for this blog.
I am one of those busy mom’s who takes kds from place to place, who would love to stay home but need the income. During the school year we can only sit together 4-5 days a week. In the summer and school vacations we are all together all day long. My husband and I are both teachers so that when are kids are not in school neither are we. Being together as a family, supporting each other in all we do wether- Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, swim team or skating, we do it all together. I do not think it so much sharing a meal as sharing in eachother that is important.
My family always ate meals together. In our busy life, I am a teacher and my husband is a coach, we neglected to do this early in our child’s life. He is six now, and because we had developed some bad habits in our newlywed life, TV trays, he wanted to eat in front of the TV. He is old enough now to have conversations with us and to lead us in prayer before meals. It has made a huge difference. Of course, with the busy family all of us are not always at the table. We make the effort and always give God the glory for our day and our daily bread. I think we are closer because of it. Thanks for this blog. I cannot wait to read more.
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What a great way to communicatel I enjoyed reading your blog and hope you will write more. Let me assure you that you were always and still are loved.
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