Sewing. Homework. Baking Christmas cookies. Reading. Sipping coffee on a cold, winter morning. Listening to a friend talk about their life's struggles. Bouncing a child on their knee. Laughter. Peas. Saying grace. Kids only during holiday meals. Spilt milk. Singing Happy Birthday to your daughter. A Bowl of fresh fruit. Fingerpainting. Coloring Easter Eggs. Bible Study. Tea parties with your favorite stuffed animals. Reflecting. Secrets told. Carving the Thanksgiving Turkey. YOUR FAMILY.
If your kitchen table could talk, it would say that it witnessed all of the things over the years with a big smile.
Sadly, due to today's hustle and bustle, the filled calendars, the sporting events, the must-see-TV shows, the electronics and the like, the kitchen table has been replaced as the hub of the family. As such, the family has weakened. Over time, we have become plugged into our iPods, laptops, tablets and TVs causing our families to be (un)-Plugged from those cozy conversations gathered around old faithful. The table hasn't left you. You left the table. The result? It's plain to see. Read the paper. Watch the news. Scarey, huh?
Eating together at the kitchen table has been replaced by eating out. Talking face to face has been replaced by texting. Those art projects created at the table are now done at daycare - without the parents. Those pow-wows with the girls now take place at a local coffee shop. As we have drifted apart from what I call "kitchen table togetherness", the nation has slipped into morale decay.
We can right the ship together by (re)-plugging as families to the kitchen table. As we return to the table, we will again unite, talk, discuss and solve problems together. As a result, our nation wins.
I'm sure the table misses you; but, don't worry, the table will be more than willing to see you and hear you again. As Christ forgave you, I'm certain the kitchen table will forgive you for the time that you were away.