To the right is a picture I just took of our kitchen table. I don’t know how your house works, but our kitchen table is a community gathering place. Yes, it’s a flat surface, so it’s likely to be the place where something is sat before it goes where it’s supposed to.
But on the other hand, it’s a place where we play games, do homework, study, read, assemble kitchen appliances, wrap gifts, organize bills, and occasionally eat.
I mean, just look at what’s on the table right now! There’s condiments, dog treats, butter, books, earbuds, coffee, a computer, sermon notes, and study notes for Haley’s upcoming research paper. This is not a table reserved for dinner and breakfast, alone.
But this morning was one of those times when discussion was the meal being served, and there was way more than one course. Even when we were eating breakfast – which was a combination of leftover nacho chicken casserole, eggs, cream of wheat, bacon, and biscuits with butter and jelly – we were entertained with helping after helping of good, old-fashioned, eye-to-eye conversation.
We didn’t even play with our smartphones!
Here are some of the things we discussed this morning, starting at around 9:30 and ending around 1 p.m.
- Illegal immigration
- The difference between legitimate and racist research questions
- The income disparity between African/black male immigrants of any age group and that of a native-born Canadian males
- Saint Patrick
- The problems associated with critiquing the early Christians (such as St. Patrick) with 20/20 hindsight
- Hispanic vs. Muslim immigration and the affect one’s worldview has on assimilation and the reporting of crime
- Philippians 4:10-14 as a misapplied scripture
- Homemade energy food
- My wife’s last nerve
I’d say that was one the best breakfasts ever 🙂
We should do it more often.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
3 responses to “Saturday Table Talk”
This is awesome Anthony, and rare today.
I was talking to a coworker who told me their neighbor’s daughter sits in the kitchen eating alone while her parents eat in front of the TV every night, not talking.
I have some friends with older teens who never cool or eat together, kind of a dead for yourself, eat what, when you want.
While not perfect in any way my family eats together, at the table, every night where no electronics are allowed. Some of the best conversations we have ever had took place at the table.
Cool. We don’t do it enough.
I meant cook or eat together