Did you know that meal times are the perfect time for me to teach concepts to children? No sense in sitting with flashcards when we can talk about all of the colors of the foods on our plate. At lunch we had red, green , white and orange. Our plates were gold.
We can talk about whether our food is warm or cold or hard or soft. We can talk about vegetables and fruits and protein and dairy and grains. What is healthy for us and what is not?
We can also just spend time in conversation talking about life and our families.
Hopefully you saw some of our conversation at breakfast this morning. And almost always there’s a book or two involved.
But one of the most important things that happens for me on Fridays is the tradition of meals. When I was growing up every Friday we had spaghetti. I wouldn’t say it was the best spaghetti in the world but it’s what I expected and look forward to every Friday after my dad got off work. When I can I try to make sure we have spaghetti Friday here too. Today I started out cooking goulash but something went awry and they ended up more like a spaghetti with regular shells. The kids talked about how amazing it was and how much they loved it. I was so impressed by their culinary appreciation that I decided to let them in on another family tradition we had. Along with our spaghetti we always had simple buttered bread. I asked the children if they had ever eat it and most said no. Today we had buttered bread with our noodles and red sauce and it was a huge hit. Be jealous. I am a culinary marvel. 😝