I'm not exactly sure how it got started. I think it happened when I moved back after college. I lived at home, so Momma and I starting eating at Chipotle on Wednesday nights. She didn't want to play favorites, so she invited my brothers as well. I don't think they had wives at this point.
It wasn't weekly at first. I don't even think it was always on Wednesday either, but it didn't take long before the family going to Chipotle every now and then became a weekly thing, which then became a Wednesday thing, which then became Chipotle Wednesday, which then became Family Dinner Wednesday. Make sense?
For nearly 5 years now, my family has gotten together for weekly family dinners. We no longer go to Chipotle every week. Usually we eat at my house so the boys can play. Two little boys and restaurants don't go hand in hand.
When I say family dinner, I don't want you to envision a Thanksgiving spread. It definitely isn't fancy. Usually Momma just picks something up on her way. We use the paper plates in my pantry. Grandma and Grandpa bring over a few drinks. If we're lucky, I'll make some sort of dessert.
You see, family dinner isn't about the food, or where we are, or what we're doing.
It's about the time we're spending together. Making memories. Watching two little boys grow up and run cars through play doh. Listening to each other talk about our weeks and experiences. Making a mess of my kitchen and living room.
I was talking to a lady the other day and she said, "Who really eats dinner around a table anymore? There's no time." But the truth is, there is time. In fact, there is plenty of time, but it has to be a conscious choice of choosing family over activities. And with nephews this cute it isn't difficult to do
I pray that you have a family to eat dinner with. If eating together isn't a tradition in your family, I encourage you to start. I promise you it'll become the highlight of your week. (Well, unless your family is crazy, then I can't guarantee anything.) (Then again, my family is a bit crazy, and I still love it, so it's worth trying.)