This week's color combination at Color Combos Galore was: Chocolate, Honey, Cream and Olive.In addition to the color challenge, we were encouraged to journal about "our table" (traditions, feasts, gatherings, meals, history, etc.) This is what I came up with. The picture was taken in the summer of 1967 with my family and my Aunt Dorothy and her two children (Uncle Joe must have been taking the picture.) It was fun to reminisce about the good ol' days.
I was a child during the 60's when stay-at-home mothers were the norm and the family dinner hour was sacred. Every family I knew did the same thing. My dad got home every evening at 5:00 and my mother had dinner on the table shortly after his arrival. My five siblings and I were expected to be home from our various after-school activities on time so that we could all sit down and eat together while the food was hot. A phone call was required if we were going to be late; and we needed permission to skip. For an hour or so every evening we shut out the rest of the world. The phone went unanswered and our friends went home (or occasionally joined us) for dinner. Even if we didn't want to eat, we sat in our designated seats and participated in the conversation and enjoyed each other's company. It was the time of day when our large busy family, as well as others like us, touched base with each other and strong family bonds were formed. It wasn't a chore - we enjoyed being in each other's company and we had a lot of fun around that simple family dinner table. Sometimes we stayed for awhile after the food had been eaten and other family members had been excused, just to talk. I enjoyed seeing my busy mother relax as she drank a cup of tea before resuming her full schedule of evening chores that come with a large family.
Looking in on any given night, you could find: people talking about their day, good food, pouting, laughter, someone telling a joke; someone being scolded, laughter, an I-Spy game, planning for upcoming events and activities, tears, someone talking about a fight they had with a friend, laughter, discussions about religion, homework questions, moral dilemmas and mean teachers, Doug drumming on the table, a discussion about how unfair something was, laughter, current events, tears, Dad reading a Bible verse, people picking on each other, laughter, mom's "Connie grin", stories from the past and more laughter.