A while back my mother-in-law came over for dinner, she lives next door & joins us occassionaly, and was adamant that my daughter wait to eat until everyone was at the table. She wanted my daughter to wait until she, herself, had started eating as an indication that then my daughter could begin eating after her. I understood where she was coming from, but did not like the tone or the cue she used; waiting until she sat down & started. This had me remembering back to my family meals as a child……
Growing up Catholic, I remember we used to say a prayer before each meal. This was our way of pausing, saying thanks, being grateful, & the cue for when we could eat. It hit me that this is what would be a great solution/compromise to all this tension at meal time.
Since I felt my daughter was suffering the largest brunt of this issue, the idea to let her decide felt fair. When I suggested we look for something to say, as a prayer at meal time, she was grateful & excited to do it! Our new tradition has been going on for at least 4 months now & we know it by heart🙏💞. It was found on Pinterest & is a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote:
I give thanks for each new morning with its light,
For rest & shelter of the night,
For health & food,
For love & friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.
~Be grateful for the food you have and the natural world that provides it!~
Hope you had a nice, relaxing Easter!!😄🐇🌻💞✌️☯️