A post with this title could refer to Daylight Savings Time, or Spring Forward, which happened a week or so ago. We changed clocks on everything that is not computerized so that the clock changes automatically and prepared ourselves for darker mornings and light lasting longer in the evenings, with everything seeming off balance for a few days. Or it could refer to the fast changing cultural time we are experiencing. Or just the changes involved in the arrival of Spring. But I am telling the story of a family dinner that has changed.
Once I wrote how I loved our Sunday dinners after church, with most of our family gathered around our dining table which once belonged to my Grandma Terrell. She loved Sunday dinners after church too,. I remember thinking and saying then that I was grateful for those times together because I knew it would not always be like that. Our family grew and schedules changed and people changed and the picture tilted. For a time it seemed like family dinners were no longer going to be a regular thing.
Then something familiar began to happen. After Joe and I began to share this home with Ben and his family, we decided to have 2 shared meals a week - on Fridays, I would prepare dinner and Ben would be chef for another weekend night. About 2 months ago when I was making Beef Bourguignon, I considered how big my pot was and wondered if our busy oldest son and daughter in law would like to come after work and bring their daughter who is in high school. Teion, our daughter in law, responded quickly that she and Skye would love to come but Sean would be working late. They came early and Skye played with Nora, who adores her. Baby Oliver is always in demand for cuddling. I finished making my beef and wine and toasted sourdough bread to serve it on and we feasted. Sean got some leftovers brought to him. Teion and Skye said they would love to come next Friday night, Our oldest granddaughter texted that she wanted to come to Friday nights and bring her friend Kasey. Sean began to leave work in time to come for part of the meal. And suddenly, our Sunday dinner after the church began to happen on Friday nights! Of course, Jeremy and Michala live in Nevada now and that is not an option for them to join us, but when they were here in January with Jordann and Maddie, our whole family gathered for the feast. Ben and Kristen are gracious co-hosts.
We are too many to go around Grandma's smaller oak table, but we can all fit around Ben and Kristen's dining table which we use in our dining room now. I served the Chicken Nogales ( * KitchenKeeper blog link posted below) pictured above. The only difference was I doubled the recipe! We are many more around the table as the years pass. We are a noisy, happy bunch that enjoys each other and good food. Times do change, but some things about us never do.