The dinner table

Taking the time to prepare a meal, sit at the table and have a conversation makes a family more the richer.

What’s going on at your dinner table? It’s said that a family who eats together has children are less likely to do drugs and turn to crime. Maybe at the meal there’s a prayer. Perhaps conversations, some intense, discussing school, government, or plans. Whatever the discussion, the family is communicating and together.

Families who take the time to grocery shop and prepare meals rather than  eat at fast food retaurants make sense. Home cooked tastes special. Those who have eaten mom’s homemade lasagna or meat loaf know the difference when it’s not hers. Children who chop and cut the vegetables for the salad, or slice the potatoes are learning much, and the parent patiently guiding is too.

Manners at the dinner table don’t just happen. “Don’t talk with your mouth full” and “Please pass the salt” are parents’ guides that effectively continue on, to men opening doors for women to pass through first, and teaching respect for others. Learning the placement of utensils, glassware and napkins can begin with children as early as three, and it is a life tool. Picking flowers from the garden and adding to that table is another.

A prayer to God for the thanks that Americans are blessed provides calm and appreciation. That prayer might be as short as “Thank you God for this food, this day, and the love and health of our family.” It is the understanding that there is more than this wonderful earth and all that it provides.

A family eating together and sitting at the table rather than in front of the television is a gift families should consider giving to one another.





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Bubba February 19, 2013 at 05:30 PM
What if the family is eating deer?.... ...that can't read.... ....and didn't see the signs before a truck hit it? DAMN YOU OBAMA!
Geenie NaBottle February 19, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Q: Why did the deer cross the road? A: Duh... So he could sit down at his little deer dinner table with his deer family for freshly chopped greens & vegetables!
Geenie NaBottle February 19, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Satire my left foot! Yeah it became "satire" after everyone started laughing!!!!
Geenie NaBottle February 19, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The "government" doesn't let deer or any other animal proliferate..... GOD DOES! Unless you think the government has secret deer impregnation facilities, they procreate based upon his plan.
Geenie NaBottle February 19, 2013 at 08:18 PM
If and when God doesn't want deer impacting your life lady he will make them all barren so until then suck it up and realize that God obviously has no problem with their proliferation or your trivial inconvenience! And BTW Gen 1:28 reads "And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” It says nothing about wiping them off the face of the earth b/c they are "inconvenient" to your excessive, glutenous lifestyle. And since you are quoting the Old Testament, I hope you don't eat shellfish incl shrimp crab & lobster otherwise I'd like to remind you of Leviticus 11: 9-12....
Celia Ac February 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM
There's a gluten-free liberal conspiracy? And all this time I thought celiac disease was a medical condition. Apparently all I had to do was become a conservative and I can eat bread again! Praise Jesus!
Wally Hayman February 20, 2013 at 01:49 AM
The gomint puts up those confounded deer signs in school zones which invite deer to safely cross the road and walk right into our schools... and that's why we have to arm first graders.
Wally Hayman February 20, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Gosh, it's a family dinner right out of a Norman Rockwell painting in the 1950s. Back when families could enjoy dinner together because not every adult member of the family had to work a second or third "swing" job to stay alive. Back when unions were strong and the rich paid taxes at a rate of 91% - not Romney's 14%. Back when the wealthiest CEOs made 10 times an average worker's salary, not 1,200 time their salary and a worker's salary actually increased with time. That used to help pay for the good crystal and decorative linens. Now we sit in front of the TV during our brief food breaks to find out whose teachers and first responders are getting fired, whose plant is moving to China and whose water supply is being poisoned by frackers (although flames coming out of your faucet and earthquakes under your house are strong clues). But the Lord works in mysterious ways and I'm sure those deer signs you don't understand are part of his greater plan.
Wally Hayman February 20, 2013 at 02:20 AM
"Wake up and smell the Kool-Aid?" What is the attraction between you fundamentalists and Kool Aid? And as for Man having dominion over the rest of the animals on the planet according to your reading of the Bible, how do you know deer don't have their own Bible and it's not so favorable to man? As you know,God has left us signs.
Wally Hayman February 20, 2013 at 02:25 AM
That's right. The American Medical Association is part of the great liberal conspiracy to create syndromes so the 47% don't have to work. Er, make that the 53% who don't want to work since, as it turned out, Romney and Ryan were part of the 47%.
veritas February 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM
One time I tripped and fell in a mud puddle. People pointed and laughed at me, mocking and ridiculing me. Scrambling to save face, I said that I was merely satirizing those who trip and fall in mud puddles. Nobody believed me. They knew I was lying. The end.
Bard February 20, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I worry everyday that those deer and other animals such as squirrels and turtles are going to try to take the right to home school our children away. We should teach them how to read the Bible.
rollington February 20, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I'm guessing by "glutenous" the person actually meant "gluttonous" (which would make more sense with "excessive"). Although the side rant about the gluten-free conspiracy has been amusing, so I'm kinda glad the typo happened.
alwsdad February 20, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Thank you Avon Patch for a new must-read, the incoherent ramblings of Ms. Kathleen Wilhelm (and her much less charming but equally incoherent acolyte M. Brigitte). Is there anyway to get them on a more frequent schedule? My deer are always looking for new things to read.
WishIwereinOhio February 20, 2013 at 06:55 PM
That's quite a family in the photo... I can't even see the table for all the chairs and people. And you know what else? No deer. Not a single one! Mission accomplished, humans!
Wally Hayman February 20, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Back when I was growing up we didn't have polio vaccine. Now, nincompoops like you are not vaccinating your children and putting the rest of us at risk. But what do you expect from a society filled with home-schoolers who believe dinosaurs and humans cohabited the planet and like the great unwashed of the Dark Ages believe in a geocentric, un-evolving Universe. You call collecting Social Security an "entitlement" despite the fact that it's a bank account that we've been paying into for our entire work lives. You allegedly believe in the sanctity of life in utero but guaranteeing healthcare for a critically ill 5-year-old or elderly person with a preexisting condition you consider a communist plot to take over the country. You don't seem to know that the Affordable Healthcare Act (what you call "Obamacare") was engendered in a right wing think tank in 1988, adopted as the health plan of the 1994 Republican national ticket and eventually found implementation as "Romneycare" in Massachusetts in 2003. In 1973, Richard Nixon proposed replacing the entire private insurance cabal with universal healthcare (Medicare for all). If Obama's a socialist, Nixon must have been somewhere to the extreme left of Mao Tse Tung. As for welfare, the government spent $33 billion in total for all programs last year while spending 500 billion of defense alone. Bush spent twenty times more than our entire welfare budget (in five minutes) just to bail out a handful of Wall Street crooks.
Sue Lawson February 20, 2013 at 07:53 PM
My nephew in law, who went crazy in Iraq, gets 70,000 a year from SS. My husband's cousin, who was shot in Vietnam, gets SS. Anyone who is on disability, RETIRED, is part of the 47%. My nephew in law is a Republican, doesn't even realize he's one of the 47%. Funny even if you work your whole life and pay into SS, the Republicans don't think you should get it. Now, what entitlements are you talking about? OH and the free phone was started by Bush. http://www.examiner.com/article/gop-debunked-obama-phone-does-not-exist-program-started-2008-under-bush Have a good day and be a true Republican and NEVER sign up for SS.
Dick Barnicle February 20, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Sue Lawson February 20, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Bard February 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Oh no the Boss has been brainwashed!!!! Reading his song lyrics clearly show his love for all things Republican. Maybe if he watches Fox News or listens to Joel Osteen, we can save him. At least he isn't like those commie Beatles. Back in the USSR!! That song should be banned!! I just thought of something scary, what if the liberal media brainwash Tom Selleck? Oh the humanity!
Wally Hayman February 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM
A great video. Ms Wilhelm has made it big. But this follow-up article is just as much a gem, warning us that fast food restaurants and staggered family dinners lead to drug use, crime, spiritual decay and the idolatry of the TeeVee machine. Ms Wilhelm appears to be on the same brain wave with deer but I must dispute some of her personal findings concerning dinner. First of all, while fast-food restaurants may lead to drug abuse and crime, just think about all "the gay" that was prevented when mobs of Palin's troglodytes rushed off to eat at the nearest Chic-fil-A. And as for Godlessness, I'm sure Kathleen wasn't vetoing the dinnertime viewing of my classic TeeVee re-run collection, "The Best of Jim Bakker and Ted Haggard." I always watch those two before eating when I have no one else to pray with. Gee, I wonder if I'll ever run into them at Chic-Fil-A? Probably not. But truth be known, Kathleen's erudite treatise on family dinners has me stirring! The knuckle-dragger in me is ready to march for year-round Thanksgiving dinners at my local fancy-sit-down Denny's. Plus, Denny's has that wonderful history of refusing to seat the "wrong" Americans - like black FBI agents, and probably a president. Family dinners would be as pure as... well... a clean white sheet (with holes cut out for eating, of course). Praise the Lord, and pass the peas!
Mr. Sam February 21, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Theory....M. Brigitte...is...wait for it...Mrs. Wilhelm....$5 says I am right
tom February 21, 2013 at 03:28 PM
This women is great. i hope some one collects her greatest hits.
tgb1000 February 21, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Hey where did all of M. Brigitte's comments go?
WishIwereinOhio February 22, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Drinks are on Mr. Sam tonight (well, maybe just one)
DLM February 22, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Do the deer know the proper placement of the utensils? The proper placement of the wine glass? Are the deer discussing ways to enhance the human's life? Kathleen is an bloviating idiot.
Wally Hayman February 22, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Down a rabid hole, no doubt? (no sic)
Nick Perry March 13, 2013 at 08:55 PM
this is so damn funny yet so incorrect it isn't even funny..please show us unbiased links that proves this or wuit talking out of your ass: "What’s going on at your dinner table? It’s said that a family who eats together has children are less likely to do drugs and turn to crime."


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