Pavarotti once said, “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
I have to think that the type of eating he refers to here is not the type that most of us succumb to on a daily basis. When Pavarotti said, “stop,” I don’t think he was talking about the few seconds that our car is in park at the drive-through window. I don’t even think he was talking about the half hour we have at the office to eat the turkey sandwich with mustard and tomato that we so rarely think to bring with us. I think he was talking about dinner.
Dinner. When I was a kid, we sat at the table. We may have eaten spaghetti, but the sauce was at least mostly homemade: canned tomatoes with ground beef, mushrooms and peppers, garlic bread on the side with a salad to boot. We sat down. We passed the food around the table. We waited until everyone’s plate was full, and then we ate. We didn’t always say grace, but we were thankful for our meals and for our seats.
I know what you’re thinking: “Well, that’s beautiful but someone’s got to do the cooking.” “I’m a working mom.” “I’m a busy woman.” “My family’s schedule is too crazy. We don’t have time to sit down together.”
To that I say, dinner should be relaxing; family time is rare but not impossible. I believe a great dinner begins with the cooking. When there is time to cook a meal for the whole family, why not relish it? Cooking can be a chore, but what if it weren’t? What if we put on a little of our favorite music? What if our recipes were organized so that we could actually make the recipes that make our families? What if we served dinner in glass dishes instead of in the pots and pans which we cooked? What if our kids set the table? What if everyone cleared their own dishes?
I know what you’re thinking: “Well, that’s beautiful but it won’t work in my house.”
To that I say, why not?
What about our dinners differ from those of Pavarotti? Effort. Pavarotti obviously loved to sit down and eat, and he would not have traded those moments for anything else. Let’s start making an effort. Let’s stop whatever it is we’re doing- the dishes, the homework, the arguments, the worrying- let’s think about good things, and let’s eat dinner together.
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