At the Table

Chuck & Jane's Thanksgiving TableAs with many of you growing up, we gathered around the dinner table for the evening meal, that  is just what we did…
We would discuss the days events, that is just what we did…
We talked about what was happening in our country, that is just what we did…
We encouraged each other through the difficulties of life and celebrated milestones accomplished, that is just what we did…
The girls would set the table, that is just what we did…
We all took our same seat at the table each night, that is just what we did…
Mom would say “Grace” as we took in the wonderful smells of the food that awaited, that is just what we did…

As soon as grace ended, serving began. All serving platters started with Dad, he choose first, that is just what we did…
No one started to eat until everyone had their food on their plate, that is just what we did…
No elbows on the table, that is just what we did…
No talking loudly at the table, that is just what we did…
After we were done we stayed at the table until Dad was done, that is just what we did…
If we had to leave the table before Dad for any reason, we ask to be excused, that is just what we did…
All children helped to clear the table, that is just what we did…
Those were some of my best memories, and I took that precious dinner time for granted, that is just what I did…
I hear that families are coming back to the table, because we realize that those dinner times held something special, that is just what they did…
So grab your family, big or small, and sit at a table for the evening meal, that is just what you can do…
It will feel strange at first, but start the conversation with something like, so tell me what did you do…
If you miss a night, do not fret, just do it again the next night…
And if you are alone, like me, this is what to do…
Find the window with the best view, set a table, light a candle or two.
Put on your favorite music, because it pleases you…
Enjoy your meal whatever it is, and know you are not alone, it is me and you.
It is my desire to inspire you to do these three musts!
1) Hold on to your great memories and pass them along, be known that is what you do…
2) Make new memories because it is never to late, share a meal or two…
3) Give a memory to someone else, just because you will feel great when you do!
 
 
 
 
 

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Lovely. Absolutely lovely!

    1. Pam, thank you. Memories are sometimes hard to express, I am blessed you felt my heart.

  2. Brought tears to my eyes seeing that kitchen and re-living the memories you spoke of! Wow how lucky we were and still are!

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