The Family Table

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Real Estate Agent with ReMax Riverhaven

The Family Table

Dinner at the family table is a great time for families to spend a little time together and have conversation. This is not a new concept for me. In my family growing up, we always ate together around the table. Dad got  home at 5:15 and dinner was served! My husband's family was the same, and we raised our children that way too.

At least when they were little. There were times that out of town jobs prevented dad from being home, or sporting events and practices for the kids made them absent or all of us absent. At any rate, as often as possible, we had our dinners at the table and friends were and still are always welcome!

One thing that we had at our family table besides good company, food and the usual conversation about "How was your day!" was

"Useless information of the day"

brought to us each night by our lovely daughter, Julie! Useless information of the day only takes a minute or two and can be about anything and the sources are numerous. It can be something quite simple such as "March 14 is Pi Day". Or it could be the formula a different day! It could be an outdated law in some state (A good source for these is the "Balderdash" game) such as "It's illegal to spit on Thursday", or something you heard on the radio, read in the paper, saw on TV, but usually a fact of some sort.

One thing for sure, there's always something to talk about!

Enjoy your meals with your family around the table with the following guidelines: No TV, No singing, Radio is OK, not loud! No phone, no games. No talking with food in your mouth! And of course all the normal courtesies: Hands, feet and objects to your self and don't interrupt.

 

 

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Michael Lee
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Nice post.  We can extend this concept to breaking bread with our clients.  This simple act changes things.

February 17, 2009 09:56 PM
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Frank Magdefrau
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I like your rules. I wish my dad kept his hands and feet to himself. But when you have older sisters picking on you to know end and trying to stick up for yourself, my dad gave me a few back hands at the table. Oh and if the grass was not cut at 5:15 I was eating late and not at the table. Same for all the other chores I had. But I guess that is why I am in business for myself today. Discipline is everything in life.

 

February 17, 2009 10:00 PM
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Benjamin Realty LLC

Pleasant family meals are a nice things that can help families to stay closer.

February 17, 2009 10:47 PM
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Leslie Prest
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ

Honestly, our family usually ate in front of the TV. My hubby and I still do it. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. When the kids were home it gave us a chance to talk to them about things that came on TV (supper was often at news time), and we talked a lot. The two of us still do the same.

February 18, 2009 01:11 PM
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I remember useless information... (I'm the one who started it!)

Some of my favorites are:

Why the sky is blue

Why the grass is green

How and why the potato chip was invented

How the sandwich got its name

The numerous words that have no rhyme (my favorites are spatula, month, and orange)

February 18, 2009 04:44 PM
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Marilyn Harrell is a realtor in Beaverton MI for ReMax Riverhaven Gladwin MI 48624 and Beaverton MI 48612