Sometimes in the rush of life, we can forget that just the simplest things, like eating together, can bring us back together as a family. It’s so easy to get caught up in the evening sports practices, committee meetings, working late, etc., and it’s not unheard of to go literally days without talking with each other rather than at each other.
I was reminded of this today as we were sitting around outside eating burgers off the grill after a hectic week of work and late summertime activities. The Older was talking about birds and swimming, a little of this, a little of that, and then he popped out with “I think the three biggest forces out there are the sun, Mother Nature, and God.” It struck me that I had no idea he was thinking these things, and I had to take a moment to catch my breath. I forget how much goes on in my children’s heads sometimes, and it’s gentle reminders like this that make me want to pull in the reins a bit, say “no” to some things that we do that take up time away from each other, and make sure that we set time aside to talk every day. I’d hate to miss out on another great moment like this was because I was too busy to pay attention to it!