Time for Dinner

  When I was a child, dinner was at 6 pm, on the dot. We were all expected to be there. I cannot remember a time when we didn’t all sit down together as a family for dinner. To my recollection, dinner time wasn’t even interrupted for after school jobs. It seems like we had dinner together every night. 

As a mother, I continued that rule in my own home. We were all expected to be together for a family meal. We are together, and we cleaned the kitchen together afterward. Again, I do not remember my children missing meals for activities outside the home. While I am sure there were exceptions, we ate dinner as a family and that was that. 

Now, it’s just the two of us (for the most part). The girls are married and out of the house. Our youngest is still at home, but his busy work schedule keeps him away much of the time. Similarly, our busy work schedules–especially the demands of the ranch–have made fixing a meal seem like a luxury. I almost always cook on the weekends; The kids come home for meals on Saturdays and Sundays. During the week, however, we usually eat the leftovers from the weekends. When we do eat a midweek meal, it is quite a treat. 

Tonight was one of those treat nights. While the rancher did the evening chores, I made yogurt. As the milk was warming, I found the opportunity to make a quick meal of sausage stuffed zucchini boats. Because midweek meals have become such a treat, it was especially tasty–tasty enough that there aren’t any pictures to mark the occasion. You’ll just have to take my word for it this time. 

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