Friday, June 14, 2013

My favorite meal


Now that I live by myself one of my favourite meals occurs every Wednesday. I visit my younger daughter and her young family to spend the evening with them. When I arrive the children are at home from school and I get involved with their homework either by listening to one of them read a set book or helping with spelling. This activity does not come without a cuddle or chat about Mine-craft on the computer or even a discussion on whether the pet chickens have laid eggs or been chasing the smaller ones around the run.   

I also get involved with the preparation for the evening meal of putting my oar in by choosing a wine or carving the meat and am almost as pleased as the children when my son in law returns home from work so he can discuss his day with us all and ask how each of us has coped with our own.

While we all encourage to the children eat everything on their plates we discuss the day’s events and laugh at life and love each other.

Then we all clean the table and the children know they have to get ready for bed. I will stay sitting waiting patiently until I too am called to say goodnight to the little ones. To receive my hugs and kisses from the granddaughter and then to listen my grandson read a few pages of his latest Tin Tin adventure or talk of his last game of football.

When they finally let me go I return the couch and chat, play a game of cards or watch the TV with a hot drink, content that all is well with the world and I am truly part of the family.

Later as I drive back home in the dark I can feel my wife cuddle close to me. She says not a word for she has been dead almost three years. She loved all her children and her grandchildren and she is content that even now we still have this bond doing what she loved to do as well.

 

8 comments:

  1. What a lovely weekly ritual to continue with family, it's important to belong, and it's important for them to have the opportunity to make these memories with you. I know for certain that your wife is indeed right there smiling and happy in sharing this time with all of you. It is as life should be, continuing on. Thank you for the lovely picture painted, I wish that my own children lived close by so that we could share more time together too.

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  2. It's a lovely thing to have good food and good company to share it with. Although I know it would be that much more perfect if your wife were still here, you remain blessed.

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  3. Nice to have these regular family 'dates'. The set up here in Finland doesn't allow for them, sadly. I'm sure we would have something similar if we were still living in ALTON.

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  4. Isn't family wonderful?!! I too am blessed.

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  5. Delightful; quite enthralling...

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  6. touched my heart.. family is wonderful

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  7. Wednesdays must be the highlight of your week. Delightful.

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  8. I love it! You made me smile...and...I play Minecraft too, I was so surprised to see you mention it :-)

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