Dinner with the family is an important sacred ritual, a legacy my Mother and Granny passed on to me.
When I was growing up, we ate at the Family Table, every night. We all sat at the table and ate together and talked every night of our lives. There was no eating in front of the TV. I learned the importance of prioritizing family time by her priorities.
Of course, in the interest of truthfulness in blogging, the television was on when my dad was there. Because, the News was ON and we must listen, so that cut down on the talking. But once Walter Cronkite signed off, dad was always ready to visit and tell stories and sometimes I'd be sitting at that table listening for an hour or more.
Because there is nothing I like better than stories. I just wish I had written them down!
When my husband and I got married, we carried on the tradition of always sitting down together for our evening meal. Our first table, forever dubbed "the pretend table" because it was so small it really couldn't serve more than two, was the landing place for my first attempts at cooking. I found as long as I made sure dessert was included, my hubby was happy.
As our family grew, the family table was an important part of family life. Here is where we heard what happened at school - if we could get them to share - before we went our separate ways to tackle homework and evening chores.
Nowadays, our family is blessed in that we get together several nights a week and share a meal with our chickies who have left the nest, and with the newest hatch-lings, the grand-kids.
There's just something about eating together; daily struggles and triumphs are shared, and the twins are always providing plenty of entertainment as they learn table manners. I feel like I would know my family a lot less if we never sat around a table together!
Do you practice eating at the Family Table?
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