Normally there are five of us home and things are louder at the table. But last night the girls had dates with Daddy when he went to go to do errands in the big town 100 miles away. They got to eat at Olive Garden together. Hunter said that our meal together was “way better than Olive Garden” except he would have liked me to make some breadsticks. Conversing with Hunter the teenager made me laugh, get his perspective on anything he felt like sharing which mostly includes sports related topics. Plus I had him tell me about his day, football, school, piano and more.
Plus family meals teach two year olds to sit in their chair at the table, to drink their milk all gone and to not throw food on the floor…or at their sister.
Miss E, Miss A and Daddy came home last night just in time to join Hunter and me for some kuchen (note: Germans from Russia delicacy on the North Dakota prairie that I have blogged about here).
Each day I ask the kids three questions while we eat together over a family meal. Nathan and I also both answer the questions. Last night question time was at kuchen evening snack time. The questions always are:
1. What is the best thing that happened to you today?
2. What is the worst thing that happened to you today?
3. What is one thing you can improve on from today?
When you have ages 2 to 35 answering we get a wide array of questions. From the worst things are Hunter having to practice his piano each morning to Miss E telling on Miss A that she hit someone at daycare. Improvements often include having better attitudes, being more kind, having more patience and for Miss A…completing her potty training that she is quite reluctant to do! The best things almost always include at least one of us saying that the meal we are sharing together is the best thing that happened to us today.
And for that sole reason of our family meal being the best thing of the day, I am renewed. My to-do list doesn’t seem too long. I can just keep on trucking through life. Family meals matter.