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Sometimes the Table Moves (or isn't a table at all)

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As you may have gathered over the last couple of months, I'm very big on the whole family dinner thing. It's about routine, and the family unit, and it's true that our kitchen table holds a special place in my heart. A day that ends with my family gathered around, talking and eating, is a good day, indeed.

But you might think from my writing that my family never wavers from this routine, and that's simply not true. Our lives are as chaotic as any other family's; sometimes work and meetings and activities and sports and even friends get in the way. Not only that, but we're not always, you know, home. For that matter, even when we're home, we... okay, I'm going to say this very quietly... we don't always eat at the table.

There, my secret's officially out.

I mean, yes, most of the time we eat at our kitchen table, and we eat a home-cooked meal, usually from scratch.


... sometimes we eat take-out.

... sometimes we go out to eat.

... sometimes we eat at home, but there's a new Mythbusters episode on, and we eat in front of the TV (naughty!) in the family room.

... sometimes we go camping, and eat outdoors.

... sometimes we go camping, and it's stormy, and we crowd around our little table in our trailer and dine to the incessant drumming of rain on the roof.

... sometimes we have guests, and all eat at the big table in the dining room.

... sometimes we go to a friend's house.

... sometimes the kids aren't here, and my husband and I eat popcorn for dinner while watching a movie.

It's not about always doing the same thing, or always doing every supper exactly the same way. It's about being together. I love the "typical" meals at the kitchen table, I do---so much---but I love all the other stuff, too. There's just something about that end-of-the-day meal with the family. There's nothing quite like it.

Do you have a sacred "dinner routine" or is a meal together enough for you? Or do you feel like mealtime is no big deal, just time to eat?

by on Oct. 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Replies (21-30):
by Member on Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:41 PM

We don't have a sacred dinner routine, we just try to have all our meals together.

by on Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Maybe I should consider a meal routine.

by Member on Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM

A meal together anywhere is enough for us!

by Bronze Member on Oct. 27, 2011 at 3:12 AM

A meal together is all that matters.

by on Oct. 27, 2011 at 7:47 AM

We rarey eat at the table, it's used more for homework and crafts. We each have a tray table in the living room. Wherever we eat, it's together.

by on Oct. 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Mealtime together is fine.  We don't have a specific routine, no.

by on Oct. 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM
We usually eat at our table lol
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by Bronze Member on Oct. 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

No sacred dinner routine around here. But having a meal together is important.

by Bronze Member on Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

mealtime together is enough for husband is a veteran and any time that we get to have a meal with him is good enough for me :-) 

by Bronze Member on Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

That's all that matters!

Quoting elasmimi:

 Wherever we eat, it's together.

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