Food just seems to taste better when eaten in a social atmosphere of love and unity. Sometimes the term, ‘The good ol’ days’ holds true, and this is one of those times. There was a time when a Sunday without a family dinner wouldn’t feel like a Sunday at all. Families would only skip such events under special or dire circumstances. People would drive for miles across cities just to be with their extended family members and relish a good meal together. It’s time to bring back Sunday dinner.
In those hours of love and laughter, all that mattered was one another. Details of everyone’s past week would be shared, achievements, and disappointments alike. There could be a different location each week or just the one, and everyone would contribute to the food and drinks.
The Sunday dinner table is a place where family bonds are strengthened. The feeling of oneness and a sense of identity is imbibed into the younger generation when everyone regularly comes together. They learn that they can identify with these people at any point in their lives. They learn values and norms, listen to experiences, and build their character from the informal interactions at the dinner table.
The good old days, in every sense of the phrase.
Nowadays, family dinners are mostly organized on special holidays or birthdays (if at all). Everyone is either too busy or too exhausted to get ready and hit the road on a Sunday to meet up with family. I used to be one of those people, lazing around, padding about in my socks, reading Jessica Clare books, and drinking bland coffee. This is something I’m not proud of, but hey, I’m not alone on that ship. My mother recently had enough of it and brought everyone back to their senses. Life’s shorter than we imagine it to be, and we have to make the most of it while we’re still together. Long story short, nearly every member of our family in our area has begun to make it a priority to be present at Grandma’s house on Sundays.
We don’t have them every week, but at least, twice in a month, we get together to bask in the radiant love of family (and enjoy some crazy good food).
The Family Dinner Project
The Family Dinner Project is a non-profit initiative co-founded by family therapist Dr. Anna Fishel. The program works to reignite the love of family dinners in people’s hearts, encouraging them to make even the smallest efforts to bring these dinners to the table.