NaBloPoMo 2009 Day 22 — Dinner with Friends
Jen and I have been attending a small group at church for the last couple of months. The focus of the group was parenting. All of the couples in the group have from 1 to 4 kids. A pair of seasoned couples led the group. They weren’t experts per se — and more importantly didn’t profess to be experts either. They simply had a few more years than the rest of us do raising their kids — a number of whom are married already.
It’s been a great opportunity to get to know the other couples in the group better as well as gain a few new ideas on how to deal with K-Man’s more challenging moments. Tonight, one of the leader couples hosted us for dinner. They lived in France for a number of years, and the evening was a typical French meal. The meal itself was great: heavy hors d’oeuves, boeuf bourguingon, salad, fromages (cheeses), and sorbet. But the best part of the evening were the many conversations around the table. Stories of how the couples met, first dates, deciding on baby names. It may seem mundane, but the shared time was food for the soul. In today’s fast-paced world, we often eat as quickly as we can to get to the next thing on the schedule. It’s refreshing to sit for a few hours an enjoy a meal and the company of friends.
I’m glad to have shared these last few weeks with this group and look forward to more shared time and shared meals.