This type of article always amazes me. (link at bottom) It always gives me a sense of nostalgia when I think about eating dinners at home with mom and dad. The statistics in articles like this don’t even phase me anymore. I know deep down that this stuff is true. When I was a kid we always ate dinner at home. Always. We would eat out once a week, Friday nights, as a family. Sometimes we’d go to a Chinese restaurant or a Spanish restaurant or an American Continental restaurant but the point is we would eat out once a week. When Iris came into my life everything took a turn for the better. I worked full time outside the house, and Iris made our house a home. Once again dinner consisted of homemade meals, practically every night. I’d come home from work and the smell of a home cooked meal would greet me at the door when I got home. Not that we didn’t still eat out, but it was more of an occassional thing, and was a bit more special. Now Iris is works outside the home, and I’m in college full time (again.) Dinner duty falls in my lap once again. (most of the time, except on weekends) According to Iris I do a pretty good job with dinner and packing leftovers for lunch, but in my opinion, I don’t do quite as good a job as Iris. However, now I can’t even imagine eating out only once a week. The biggest thing is convenience, somehow, and I don’t know how, it seems like we don’t have the time to cook and eat at home anymore. We always did before… what’s changed? Has our world really somehow become more fast paced?
I don’t even know why I’m posting this article, perhaps it just makes me think of the good times eating at home as a family when I was a little boy. If the article somehow encourages you to eat at home more and that your lives are somehow better for it, then “Yay”.
For those of you reading this that have small kids, (you know who you are,) I especially recommend giving it a shot. Not just to move to the better side of the statistics, but for the “sense of family” that comes from regular meals (at the table) together. But I warn you, it’s not easy to establish. In my previous marriage, I tried to establish this as a pattern starting with just one day a week. Wednesday was going to be “Spaghetti Day.” Hey, granted it’s not the healthiest meal, but everyone likes it and it’s easy to make. We couldn’t even get spaghetti Wednesdays rolling. So it’s not easy to establish, but the rewards are great.
Give it a read and let me know what you think: Dinner at Home