This evolved tradition actually started when I was a kid. My mom and Grandma got together with some aunts to do stained glass at my grandma's every Tuesday. They didn't do dinner, just came over afterwards and sometimes m brother or I would get to tag along to either make a craft of our own or sit and hang out with Grandpa. For me it was a special treat because my grandparents did not do the babysitting thing and yet when we were there they always had a cabinet full of Fig Newtons and fruit snacks.
As time went on glass night moved to my parents' house and a large stained glass and crafting area was set up in the basement. I was out of the house and in my own home by then but I still enjoyed coming over to see my grandparents and the couple ladies that still joined on Tuesday nights. Mom started inviting me early to have dinner with her and Papa before the ladies all arrived.
When my grandma passed away Grandpa began coming early to have dinner with us so mom could have some chat time with him too before she went to do her crafts. It was those dinners that really helped me get to know my grandpa. And I was very happy that once my husband came along he came along on Tuesday nights too.
I got to be pretty close with my grandpa and it broke my heart that he passed away just a few days before my daughter was born. She would not get to know his orneriness or his extensive knowledge of alternative medicine first hand. I figured between no Grandpa to serve and being a new mom Tuesday night dinners would probably fall away.
Instead my mom suggested we still come as a reprieve from the week. Lydia would get to have some time with her grandpa (and grandma, of course!) and we would get to relax with dinner provided for one evening. As my daughter has gotten a little more independent her dad and grandpa get to chase her around and play while I get to relax and help make dinner. We sit and eat as a family which is extra nice for me as I am usually at work during dinner time. And after dinner I can play with my mom and daughter, I can sit and converse with my dad and husband, or I can catch up on things like my sewing and mending uninterrupted. It is such a blessing!
I'm so grateful for Tuesday night dinners. I'm grateful my mom started doing stained glass with Grandma all those years ago. I'm grateful to have gotten to have those years spent getting to know Grandpa. I'm grateful for all the cherished moments it created. I'm grateful to my husband for joining me on this weekly commitment and understanding the importance and significance of this time together. I'm grateful for the free food and getting to unwind. I'm grateful to get to catch up with my mom and my dad once a week over a meal to keep up with what is going on in their lives. I'm grateful to give my daughter this special time with her grandparents. I'm grateful to have such a close-knit family which I realize can be rare these days. I'm grateful to commit one day a week to family and know it is worth it. I'm grateful for all my mom and dad do to help in this parenting adventure.
Do you have a set family time each week? Do you eat meals with the ones you love? What would your ideal family time be?
May today remind us to cherish every moment we have with those we love. May we remember to say thank you for all the blessings we have and to all who help bring joy to our lives. Have a beautiful day!