Monday, September 5, 2011
I miss childhood dinners with my family. Especially Friday night. Otherwise known as taco night.
We'd laugh, and eat, and share stories while stuffing our faces with tacos. We would go through dozens of tacos. Cookies sheets lined with taco shells would pop out of the oven one after another. We'd stuff them so full the shells would break and fall apart. Salsa would be dripping down our arms. It was organized chaos. And we all loved it.
There were always extra kids and families eating with us on Friday night. Taco night was meant to be shared. We ate and laughed until our stomachs ached.
Now that I'm a mom I can totally appreciate all my mom went through to get four kids to sit down at the table for dinner every night.
In the summer she would stand outside ringing a big cow bell at six o'clock. It was the signal for the entire neighborhood to go home.
We'd all run straight to the kitchen because we were starving. Then were immediately shoo'd to the bathroom to wash up.
I can only imagine what the bathroom looked like when we were done.
We'd finally settle down at the table, hold hands, and close our eyes to say grace together . "God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for this food. Amen." It was short and sweet but enough. And those ten seconds gave my mom and dad a moment to breathe.
The conversation flowed from my dad updating us on his day, to what the rest of us were up to. Then the laughter would begin. It usually started with my sister asking an embarrassing question. She was incredibly curious and uninhibited. No question was off-limits in her mind.
Today our dinners at home are much quieter with our little family of three. And sometimes we don't eat together at the table. I realize now I need to make it happen. It will keep our family connected and talking, and that's so important.
Of course we're keeping the taco night tradition alive, too. We have tacos when Elli has friends over. I don't know what it is, but something about tacos brings out the laughter and smiles in everyone.
I'm back after a little summer hiatus. I haven't participated in The Red Dress Club since they changed their name to Write on Edge. So it's a little weird. I feel like I'm going to a new school! This week the prompt was to write a memoir piece beginning with the words, “I miss my childhood...."
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