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My family was not what most people would call "normal" when I was growing up. In an age where fast food restaurants and microwaves were in, my father, mother, grandmother, brother, sister and I sat do
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Dinner time

posted at 10/1/2008 4:32 AM EDT
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My family was not what most people would call "normal" when I was growing up. In an age where fast food restaurants and microwaves were in, my father, mother, grandmother, brother, sister and I sat down to a home cooked meal every night. But it wasn't just meal time, it was story time. My father, mother and grandmother would tell us stories about when they were growing up and the challenges that they had to face. My father, being the entertainer that he is, would have us laughing so hard that we would almost fall out of our seats. There was more than one occasion when tea would be sprayed across the table from me laughing so hard! These are the traditions that I am passing on to my own 3 beautiful children. Although I am a single mom of 3 with a full time job, I still come home every night and make a hot meal. We sit down around the dinner table and talk about the day and just enjoy each others company. I have a 12 year old that loves to cook and a 3 year old that loves to help me in the kitchen when he can. My 2 year old just loves to eat what mama cooks! I also don't buy pre-made cookies or cookie dough, I make my own as well as my own cakes (although I do use a store bought cake mix). I make my own icing and toppings, I am actually famous around here for my culinary creations. I make home made biscuits and gravy, which is very poplular in my house! I was taught by the best, my family, and that is something that I hope to pass on to my own children.

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 5:51 AM EDT
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There is something very special about a family gathering together at dinnertime.  Great memories are made as well as shared.

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 7:05 AM EDT
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Heather,
I loved having dinner when I was a child since it was the time we all got together for sharing. I don't know if you watch the program on CBS "Blue Bloods" which is a NYC police program. The whole family is in law enforcement but they enjoy one day, Sunday, when they all come together around a dinner table. This is one of my favorite parts of the program.

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 7:11 AM EDT
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This is another 3 year old post.  Heather hasn't posted since 10/2008.

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 7:59 AM EDT
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I always had dinner ready to put on the table when hubby got home from work, the boys would be at the table by the time hubby got out of his suit & into his jeans.  When hubby was out of town (sometimes he would be gone all week for work) we still had the same dinner time (with him gone,  I would make the boys food that hubby did not like). After a few mouthfuls of food & maybe a "this is good" the talking  started.  I guess I never thought of a family not all sitting down at the table for dinner.

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 9:52 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Dinner time:
I always had dinner ready to put on the table when hubby got home from work, the boys would be at the table by the time hubby got out of his suit & into his jeans.  When hubby was out of town (sometimes he would be gone all week for work) we still had the same dinner time (with him gone,  I would make the boys food that hubby did not like). After a few mouthfuls of food & maybe a "this is good" the talking  started.  I guess I never thought of a family not all sitting down at the table for dinner.
Posted by FRAN M


Here again I notice similarities with Fran M's home and mine.  Dinner together was a given even when the timing had to be adjusted for someone's schedule.  When I had a job that meant I got home late the boys had dinner ready and waited for me!  Wow!  Each boy has his own home now and they each have their dinners with family together (and not on the run)

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 12:34 PM EDT
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Enjoyed reading the the posts

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 3:39 PM EDT
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What great memories you must have, and what a great tradition to pass on!

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 5:19 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Dinner time:
This is another 3 year old post.  Heather hasn't posted since 10/2008.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,  Nothing like taking 3 years to post a reply! I wanted to check out 1 of the
Halloween recipes and it wouldn't even take me to it. I finally clicked on another
recipe and it worked that time.  Usually the only way to get out of it, is to get out
of the site. Then you can't get back in!! Maybe if we get rid of these old ones we
wouldn't have this trouble!!!

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 6:27 PM EDT
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WhenI was 9 yo I was in a residential school.
We( all 300  of us)  atetogether ( 30 tables) & we ate hatever was erved &  were very happy for t. We talked very little since we were allowed only a  limitted amount of time, before the tables were cleared & dishes washed( by paid employees.When was 10-1/2 yo I lived in a foster home.'
There were 2 boys& 3 girls aged from 9 yo to 15 yo.
We all ate trogether @ the BIG kitchen table.We talked about everything: our day; school lessons learned;  what school tripswerecomingup & having ourpewrmission slipssigned ;clothing alowances arriving  & who got the mail-order catalog first;for  picking out our clothing w/in theState allocated budgets for school &   visiting relatives .
We had spelling bees; math problems to be done in our heads & stories of the adults hildhoods; we learned of special occasions coming up;& discussed current events( the NEWS)       daily newsppers were in the study & we were expected to read them & parrticipate in discussions( what happened why (our opinions) how we felt bout it ; the consequences for those inv olved. CAPITOL PUNISHMENT; JOB LOSSES; INJURY/DEATH( Korean conflict);  new road construction bringing messy streets &  atoughcommute  for some, till completed then hopefully improvement for all..
theproblems these disadvantaged  kids faced daliy   and got uss nvolved in colecting used clothing& school supplies for his students.All in all al it was atyical family dinner table of those times ( mid1950's) All 3 girls helped t cook dinner , daily& the2 boys cleared the table & loaded the dishwasher after first scraping & rinsing the plates. Foster Mom was a stay at home once typing & accounting teacher who after dinner packed us all  brown bag lunches for school the next day.Then she washed the kitchen floor which had already been swept by one of the boys.If our homework was done as required ( before dinner) wWe were allowed to watch the small B&W  TVv in the living room; usallyt enews  variety OR quiz shows for no  morew than one hour each day.ThenFoster Mom would sit down w/one of us & help to shop for our  wardrobe, She often  offered to make additional clothing for us to allow ourl imitted budgets to go furtherWe paid for the material from our clothing budgets( reality is nothing comes to you for nothing).Money mouth
Foster Dad was a history& geography teacher in a subsidized housing project district & his students were mostly underpriviledged kids; except for the rare few who became OCK& ROLL  recording artists(Frankie Lyman and the teenagers) "DAD" go tus involved in collecting school supplies & used clothing fo his  tudentsInnocentWhen I was 13-1/2 I went ack to livew/my Mom.Sheworked after dinne r& since we had n car, shehadto walk to work, carying all her supplies.Shehad to leave before dinner & I usually had to eat alone often, cookingmy own dinner.I had learned to cook in the Foster home  or at myGrandmothers home; so that was easy.It was the eating all alone  that I did not  like..Bu I  realized that Mom would not eat at all til much laterSurprisedBecause of myown experience;  I  ALWAYS made   a point of us all eating togther at hthe kitchen table & carry on relevant  conversations!

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 6:51 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Dinner time:
In Response to Re: Dinner time : Nancy,  Nothing like taking 3 years to post a reply! I wanted to check out 1 of the Halloween recipes and it wouldn't even take me to it. I finally clicked on another recipe and it worked that time.  Usually the only way to get out of it, is to get out of the site. Then you can't get back in!! Maybe if we get rid of these old ones we wouldn't have this trouble!!!
Posted by Carol P


Carol...

That's funny!! 

But I do agree with you; these are the posts that need to be cleaned up.  The only way that a 3 year old post pops up is if someone replies to that 3 year old post.  

Re: Dinner time

posted at 10/27/2011 8:39 PM EDT
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Awesome!!