For 14 years of marriage, dinner has been promptly served at 5:30pm. Why? Because this is how I grew up. I remember when I was a kid, shortly before dinner would be served a very loud beeping sound would come from the kitchen phone. In the olden’ days when a phone was bumped off the hook it would beep very loudly at a fast pace so you were alerted to put it back on the hook. Well, my mom took it off the hook on purpose because she did not want our time around the table to be interrupted – she guarded this time.
Mom always had a home cooked dinner and dessert on the table, we opened in prayer and then ate and talked up a storm. As we got into the teen years, my sisters and I had activities that would get in the way, so sometimes we ate in shifts but when we arrived late in the evening – there was always a home cooked meal and my mom in the kitchen ready to feed us and talk with us about our day. I strongly believe this is one of the reasons why all five of us as adults, are close to each other and to our Heavenly Father.
Growing up this seemed normal – I assumed all families did life this way. Then I married my husband. He did not grow up in a home like this. Some of his favorite memories from childhood are from the holidays when his mom cooked a big meal and they ate around the dinner table…this is when I realized how special our nightly ritual was.
Recently I told my children, “”a lot of families eat with the television on rather than talking“. They were surprised and they felt like they were missing out! They wanted to eat with the television on too! lol!
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