“When you’re a dentist, you can have fudge for the main course too if you want,” Daniel responded with a perfectly straight face to 5-year-old Reid’s accusation that his Uncle Dan wasn’t eating responsibly. Daniel had been a few minutes late finishing up at his clinic and arrived just after Aaron’s children had all selected what they wanted to eat for dinner. Aaron and Carleen’s kids have excellent taste in food and always eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies with their dinner, so they were flabbergasted to see their uncle walk in and select a big hunk of fudge as his entree. Of course, he ate other good stuff later, but you can bet the kids will never forget the night Uncle Dan ate fudge for dinner!Frankly, Aaron definitely deserves to have his 4 sons teased after all the teasing Daniel had to endure growing up in a family with 5 crazy brothers. 🙂 When I was in France a couple of weeks ago, I asked the oldest daughter (who’d recently married) what she missed most about being gone, and without a moment’s hesitation she replied, “I miss all the fun around the dinner table!” You know, no matter how hectic mealtime is with kids, it’s one of my very favorite times of the day…definitely one of the simple (and best) pleasures in life! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, either! There’s just something wonderful about being together, sharing food and fun! And, when it comes to mealtime, there’s always lots of prep and clean up…not to mention all the give and take over who’s going to help tend the kids while who’s going to hold babies…while who else gets to eat first! Besides, there are lots of conversations and opportunities for bonding, and maybe a little friendly competition from time to time…
like whose marshmallow is the most perfectly toasted, and whose tastes most delicious.
(Deliciousness is definitely in the mouth of the betaster.) No matter how simple, I hope you’re able to share many joyous meals
with family and friends this summer! “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith” (Proverbs 15:17).