Food tastes better when you eat it with your family.
Nowadays people are spending less time preparing food and less time eating together with loved ones in their family. Because of their busy schedules, parents are eating at different times to their children, or mealtimes are rushed or eaten in front of a screen. It is not uncommon now to see whole families eating together and having a real conversation with each other.
While I was browsing Facebook the other day, I saw Volts Vallejo’s Mealtime Vlog Entry with her Sister. Volts invited her sister to his condo and cooked fried chicken for her. They also played a game “How well you know your sibling” where they asked questions about each other. The video makes me envy because my family is not like that.
I remembered my childhood days. I just lived with my brother and a maid because my parents are working abroad. If there are times one or both of them are in vacation here in the Philippines, they are still busy with other things. It’s very rare for us to eat together as a family.
I dream of a family who eats together since I was a child but life happens. My parents got divorced in the U.S and both of them are still there. Because of our set up before, we grew up eating alone or “kanya-kanyang kain”. I still live with my brother together with my cousins, aunt and with my six year old daughter. Still the same with “kanya-kanyang kain” setup.
Sometimes I joined my daughter eating but most of the time, my cousin or my aunt will be the one who will feed her because I’m busy with my work. Yes, I only work at home but I’m the type of person who wants to finish all her task/work first before anything else. The only time that we will eat together is if there is a celebration like birthdays, Christmas and New Year.
I know that our set up is wrong and I plan to change it. I should be the one who will set a good example to my daughter. I should be the one who will teach her the importance of eating together as a family. Having family time is the best way to keep your family together. It is also the best way to communicate among each other about each other’s day.
The moral lesson? There’s no more important than spending time with your family even it is just eating together. Work can wait. Your gadget can wait. But the memories you are making white eating together will last for a lifetime.