First, I should apologize to all you fine folks for this recycled picture. It was taken WAY back in February (which is obvious by the hyacinths in the center of the table). I always try to have original pictures with every post, but it didn't happen this time. Last night I whipped out my camera and peered at the table, piled high with bills and crumbs and a dirty tablecloth, and decided it was a little more 'real' than I wanted to get this Friday.
I loved all the conversations that took place after this post. As I read all your comments, I kept replaying the clip from A Christmas Story in my head where the mom looks at her son and says, "Randy, honey, don't play with your food. EAT IT!" That's random. Sorry.
Anyway. After reading all of your comments, I had to share a few clips from the women that cracked me up! You ladies are FUNNY. And opinionated. I love that. So here you go, a few of my favorites.
"PAPER PLATES! Dora the Explorer to be exact. Sometimes at the dinner table, sometimes at the counter, sometimes in front of the boob tube. It's usually a game time decision depending on the 2 year old."
Anne... good for you! I don't know how you ladies with little kids do it. Half the time after coming home from work I forget to feed Mabel, and that's even when she's mashing her chin into my leg and grumbling at me.
Meg (I just LOVE her) said:
"We are a little Leave it to Beaver but a little Rosanne too. :) That's more real. There is fighting and grumpiness and name calling. But there is also laughing and manners and kindness. Some days it feels like it's not worth it. But then on those GOOD days....it's all worth it. Hard and fast rule - no burping at the table."
Ah yes. THIS sounds like my family. And I loved Rosanne.
Lily Bart said:
"I remember watching Designing Women with my mom at the coffee table, eating tuna casserole and drinking milk. Those were great dinners."
Tuna casserole: yum. Designing Women: amen.
"Dinner doesn't begin until my husband burns his tongue. Seriously does it all the time. I warn him and it still happens. "
I laughed out loud so hard at this. My dad always bites his tongue. Every meal. And we laugh at him, which is what happens when one lone man is surrounded by a family full of girls.
"If left to my own devices I would wander."
Me too, Sarah. Once, when Matt was out of town I was trying to decide what paint color to choose, so I ate a sandwich standing in the hallway, staring at the bedroom. I definitely wander.
"Last night dh wasn't home so the girls had soup, popcorn and grapes on little kiddie trays on the family room floor. We watched the movie Witches and I let them stay up a little later."
Oh AJ. What a good mom you are! They'll remember that when they're all grown up and adults. They'll say, "Hey! Remember when it was close to Halloween and we stayed up late eating and watching The Witches?"
So thank you ladies, so much, for the comments. It was so fun to read all about you and your families! Have a great weekend.