I did something Sunday night for dinner that I haven’t done for quite a while. My son tilted his head and looked at me like I was an alien speaking a different language when I told him what we were doing.
I had our family eat together at the kitchen table.
It used to be the norm. When dinner was ready I would call my wife and son to come to the dinner table. Plates and silverware would be set at our usual places, the food sometimes placed in the middle table, other times on the kitchen counter to be served buffet style.
But lately we had fallen into a routine of each of us eating in our own space. My son would come downstairs, grab a plate of food, and return to his room where he would eat while he continued with whatever online video game he was playing. My wife would sit on the couch watching the evening news, while I would settle in front of my laptop and continue browsing the internet or reading emails from work.
That night we sat together at the kitchen table. My wife and I shared events about our day, and we even managed to pull some information out of our teenaged son regarding what he had done at his friend’s house that afternoon, as well as what projects he was working on for school. He also shared goals he had for upgrading his computer, and how much he had discovered they would cost by doing some research online.
Even though we shared information with each other, the most important thing about our dinner is that we were together, interacting with each other, and being a family. We showed each other that we care enough for each other to put away our electronic devices for a few minutes, look each other in the eye and listen to what they had to say. We are a family, not just a collection of people that happen to live under the same roof.
Our time together at the table didn’t last more than fifteen minutes, but it was the best fifteen minutes of the day. Who knows, maybe we’ll even do it again tonight, or better yet make a habit out of it once again.
Does your family still eat together at the kitchen table?
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