Parent's Talk: Table for four?
It is with great pleasure that I announce our guest blogger for today, Linzy Kastis. Linzy is a multi-talented, multi-facetted entrepreneur, wife and mother and has much to teach us. She is the proud owner of Little Kitchens a company passionate about getting those little ones actively involved and inspired to create their own meals. Enjoy!
Is it just me or do you find yourself often day dreaming about your first meal out after the lockdown? Sushi? Italian? Seafood?... I could personally do with a yummy all-you-can-eat sushi buffet and a cold class of Sauvignon Blanc.
When the president first announced lockdown, it felt as if though we were going to be completely deprived of our favourite dinners or lunches at busy restaurants or coffee shops. Although a night out does seem to have its perks, I soon realised that lockdown didn’t necessarily mean complete deprivation of good food because let’s face it, the heart of a home is in the kitchen, and nothing tastes better than a meal cooked together as a family with love and laughter.
I don’t know about you? Whenever we go out to a restaurant as a family, we usually spend about 15 minutes choosing which toys or items to pack in an attempt to keep our kids as busy as possible, for as long as possible, so that we can hopefully enjoy our meals. Which got me thinking, is that really what we want? For our children to be summonsed to do one thing, whilst staying quiet and still just to try to avoid the glances of unimpressed patrons as we gulp down our overpriced meals and glasses of wine? Or wouldn’t it be better to actually spend quality time, together, laughing, eating and enjoying each other’s company, all while saving money doing so.
Since the start of lockdown, all we’ve had, has been uninterrupted time together as a family of four. So, we’ve been making the most of it. We’ve spent allot of time together choosing and preparing our menu out of the food that we’ve had available in our pantry (Which sure has made for some interesting meals). We’ve spent hours, looking through recipe books, bonding over ideas, sparking creativity and excitement, and eventually sitting down to a delicious hearty, family prepared meals. Have these meals been restaurant quality? No, probably far from it, but has it been soul food? Absolutely!
The idea of a family sitting together at a table has always been a familiar concept to me, but, I never quite understood the importance of it until I had children of my own. So, as a family we’ve started doing our dinners, collectively, with both our children, which has become so valuable to us as a family. These dinners have become a means for us as a family to shape intentional time out of our days to listen to one another’s accounts of the day or even just enjoy each other’s presence. This has in the interim become far more treasured than a meal out at a restaurant. Have we always had the opportunity to do this? No! Life has been busy up until now... When we’ve finally been given the time we’ve long hoped for. Hence, we’ve made use of it.
The lockdown has given me some time to self-reflect, and so, I can’t help but bend
down to my knees, thankful for all that we have: our health, a roof over our heads, access to technology to stay connected to our family and friends, a meal in our tummies and most importantly, a once in a lifetime opportunity of family time. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie.
I would like to challenge you (yes you) to a family meal, prepared together with the sole focus of enjoying one another’s company. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just facilitate some togetherness. No distractions! Just good old fashioned soul food! Enjoy!
What an awesome charge. Thanks Linzy. See you soon.