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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 (31-40):
by on Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Family dinner time is very important to me but it is not always sitting around the table at home.

by Member on Oct. 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM

i like to eat dinner together as a family

by Bronze Member on Oct. 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Yep! We've done this, too. :)

Quoting abernathyvanna:

There have been times that we have been in a hurry and just grabbed our food and ate it up whereever we could.. Including the car.. lol 

by Member on Oct. 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM

No sacred routines here

by on Oct. 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

mealtime is important but not always possible at home

by Member on Oct. 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM


Quoting malexander2009:

Right now it's just about having the meal to gether as our children get older then we will start more of a routine.

 I agree. We are going to do this too when DS gets older.

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by Member on Oct. 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Quoting lalasmama2007:

As long as we are together, it doesn't matter where we eat.


Couldn't have said it better myself.

by Member on Oct. 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

We don't have a sacred dinner routine, either.  How's it possible when you have four kids ages (18, 18, 13 and 9) who are involved in different sports and music?  And a husband who works crazy hours?

But we do try to sit together at the table more than not.

by on Oct. 28, 2011 at 7:28 PM

 A meal eaten together is enough for me that is enough.

by Bronze Member on Oct. 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Eating at a friend's house is always good for the children.  One time they did me proud by politely eating the overspiced food that a friend served us.

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