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When The Dining Room Table Was Pitched, So Was Family

Published on 5/18/2018
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 "Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere" ~ Paulo Coelho

 

Families use to sit down and eat with one another. It was a time when only the rules of traditions were applied. A not so long ago time … but seems to be a forgotten time.

When kids learned their manners and had to practice those manners and had to talk decent to one another and to respect others opinions.

The reward for doing so, was getting 100% of their parents attention - which was filled with questions, listening and even a discussion sometimes

It was hats off and shirts on. No drama, no complaining or fighting allowed. It was a time of reverence, of respect and conversation. A time for all to share their accomplishments for the day.

Meal time was a sacred time for family, sometimes the only time that was everyone’s time. No matter the age, whether young or old. You knew you belonged, you knew you were important because everyone “listened”.

We all had our place at the table and knew where to sit. Respectfully, the meal did not officially begin until the whole family was seated. When Mom took her place at the table, that was the signal for Dad to pile the mashed potatoes onto his plate and pass them along.

Sunday's was even a bigger day for family, where the men gathered outside or down in the basement and talked and laughed. Cousins played together and had fun. The “women” teamed up, worked together, laughed together, put the meal together and then “brought the family together”.

Those days of families gathering each evening and the Sunday dinners seems to have forever ended and a silent epidemic is occurring because of it.

I am one of the first to say all of this new tech is wonderful and that life is/will be a better quality because of it. But what good is that quality if we are letting the boogie men quietly take over our lives? While we are to busy for the family meal and way too busy to even listen?  

When the children, including the adult ones, and the grandchildren lose their sense of self worth, you can bet drugs or alcohol will make an entry into their lives and therefore enter into yours. You just won’t be aware of it until it’s too late.

The popular drug of today is heroin. Try it once? You are hooked and it is a life changing moment that will last forever. There are no choices after it happens for the addicted person. Everything revolves around the next fix and nothing else will ever matter again to them.

All families need their traditions to follow. It is the glue that holds the generations of past, current and future generations together. It is how we all know ... how to begin, how to remain on the right path and how to answer to the responsibility of the expectations on how we are to live our lives and to the rule of common decency.

Until the traditions of family dinner reigns again, the silent epidemic will continue to rule… not just for today, but for all of our remaining tomorrows.

 

Micky Gramlin

 

 

 

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