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March Photo Challenge: Day 12



Prompt: Eat

About this photo: I believe in eating dinner at the table. This is one of the few old-fashioned things about me and it often surprises friends.
Growing up we always ate dinner together at the dining room or kitchen table, laughing about the day’s events and enjoying home-cooked food. As my brother and I got older and extra circular activities demanded more and more evenings, our family lost that tradition and started having meals on trays around the TV. The death of the family dinner made me sad.

In college, I was excited to get my first table and chairs from Goodwill. Even though most of my meals were super quick TV dinners, I always made a point to sit at the table. When my roommate was home we would sit at that table together and eat our respective frozen meals and canned ravioli, enjoying the escape from academia and filling one another in on our romantic pursuits.

Today, Mr. Husband and I eat at the table 95% of the time. Periodically a home improvement will take over the dining room and we’ll be forced to “picnic” in the living room. Even then, I set the ottoman with placements and utensils. This is a habit I hope to keep for the rest of my life. I want to raise kids around a table. I want to have lazy Sunday breakfasts, cheerful evening dinners and quick but cozy lunches at our table. We don’t need a fancy table or china, just one another and good conversation.

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  1. 35life #
    March 12, 2012

    Love this! Love to hear that someone enjoys setting a table as much as I do. And the candles!

    And I love the old typewriter.

  2. March 12, 2012

    Me too! I always say – do you want to eat at the table like a human being or at the couch like a college student? LOL. I feel like I’m an adult now, and adults eat at the table. We even have a table that folds down because our apartment is too small for a permanent table to be set up. But every night we unfold the table, unfold the chairs, eat our dinner, then fold everything back up. I also hope to keep this up as long as possible!

  3. Peg #
    March 12, 2012

    We always ate around the table growing up. It didn’t matter how busy we were, my father insisted. Hubby and I typically eat in front of the tv now, however we have both agreed that if we have children that will stop and we’ll be eating at the table again. I truly believe that kids who eat around the table with their parents have a more open line of communication.

  4. March 12, 2012

    I love that you do this!! I haven’t been as good and it’s something I’ve been trying to change. Mainly for the fact that I love dinner conversations and they’re hard to have while parked on the couch. BTW: the table and the settings are beautiful.

  5. March 13, 2012

    I love this too. I wish I cooked more…

  6. EmHart #
    March 13, 2012

    I can’t wait to share family ritual like eating round the table with my children. Whoever they may be.

  7. March 13, 2012

    I heart all of your photos because I love seeing little glimpses of your house. I want to move in. 🙂

  8. March 16, 2012

    We try to eat at the table…when it’s not covered in lots of stuff. It will probably be a while before we get back to it since we are doing a bit of work in the dining room. I enjoy eating at the table. Beautiful pics.

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