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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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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