Week 32: Dinner Time

Originally Published:  November 10, 2011

Dinner time is usually called supper time in our house.

When I was a kid, Mom and Dad both worked.  We would have dinner a couple of hours after they got home.  They would spend a few minutes talking with us and each other and then they would fix dinner together.  As we got older, we would help them with fixing the dinner.

I became the main cook for dinner by the time I was a teenager.  Cleanup was a family affair from the time I can remember.  As teenagers, we were assigned chores to do around the house and one of us would have to do the dishes each night.

When dinner was ready, we would put the food in the middle of the table and everyone would fix their plates and we would sit and eat dinner together.  Sometimes, we would take our plates into the living room and we would eat dinner while we watched TV.  We wouldn’t just sit there and silently watch TV though.  In our family, it has always been common for us to talk about the topics raised in the TV show.  Dinner was the time when everyone would talk about everything that had went on that day at school or work.

We have always been a family that spent a lot of time talking about everything that goes on in the world.  We would watch the news and then spend the rest of the evening discussing what we heard about on the news or the events of the day.

Dinner time is now very similar to then.  Dinner is the time when we catch up on the day’s news – whether it is the personal news of a family member or news from the world we have heard about through the news.

Week #32 – Dinner Time

Week 32: Dinner Time. On a typical childhood evening, who was around the dinner table? Was the meal served by one person, or was it a free-for-all? What is dinner time like in your family today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 6, 2011 through Friday, August 12, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.