Maribeth Wilder Doerr

Shades of Healing ~ Creating a Wholehearted Life

Gratitude Month – Day 29 – Family Dinners

on November 29, 2010

I know—this topic seems so cliché, but I’m going for it anyway.  Over the years, we’ve tried our best to have as many evening meals together as possible.  As athletes, this can be difficult to do when many games and events take place after school hours.  As high school athletes, it was even harder.  My boys are now 21 and 23 and still living at home but their schedules are even crazier.  And yet, we still manage to eat together 3 or 4 nights a week.

For us, mealtime is when we come together for conversation.  We say grace, we eat, and we talk.  Our manners would probably disgust a lot of people; I won’t lie!  The point is, everyone talks and we find out what’s going on with each other.  We might talk about the news or the weather, frequently it’s about sports.  We connect, we relate, we laugh, and we share our busy lives with each other.   Sometimes we solve problems or at least get them out in the open, and there have been a few debates between the two Type A personalities.  🙂

I’m grateful that my sons still enjoy sitting down with their parents and sharing a meal and some conversation.  We all really do like each other!  What a gift!


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