Growing up, dinner hour around my house was a sacred time. My mom worked hard at preparing a healthy, delicious and filling meal for her family of 5 kids. Everyone helped set the table and we all waited anxiously to hear mom say.... "Dinner's Ready!"
Do you ever notice that most people congregate in the kitchen?
Is it the food? Sometimes, yes.
Is it the smells? Maybe.
Or is it just the fact that the kitchen table holds more power than we know? Absolutely.
So many of my favorite memories as a child take place around a kitchen table. Sitting at my Nana's kitchen table I can remember her wearing an apron, standing at the stove, frying cubed steak. The smells, the laughter and the promise of dessert once I joined the "Clean Plate Club" make me feel like a little girl again, wanting a seat at their table.
To this day at my mom's house, the kitchen is the place where people gather. Just ask my mom when she is trying to prepare dinner. I remember countless times, growing up, when she had to say "everyone OUT OF THE KITCHEN!"
This past month our family was blessed with a new kitchen table. Going through the motions of packing up our old table and getting the kitchen ready for our new table brought up old memories. Our now "old" 4 chair table was a totally stylish table that I had to have when we were first married. Well, my tastes have changed... my family has grown and the table is now off to live it's second life in my a college apartment.
I say that we are blessed to have our new table because it was a well loved kitchen table. I know the table was well loved because before buying the table, the previous owner made sure to tell me that she raised all four of her girls around that table. How it holds precious memories of family dinners and she felt God had a hand in us buying their table because she knew that it was going to a good home. She was attached to her kitchen table, her family was attached to the kitchen table. It is now living it's second life, starting all over again with our young family of 3 girls.
Me working on MPM and my husband "reading"Now our family is building memories of our own around our kitchen table. As we raise 3 young girls the table is being used for play-dough, coloring, arts/crafts, school time, meal time, game time, family talk time and so much more. I place an importance on eating at the kitchen table because of the memories I had growing up around my kitchen table. Eating dinner together provided times to talk ,times to laugh, times to cry, and times to just get to know each other better.
What is your kitchen table saying? Is it empty or full of memories for your little ones to pass on for generations to come?
Don't neglect the power of your families' kitchen table.
It feeds the heart, mind and body.