I don’t know what it’s going to be like 30 years from now. But we currently live in a world where technology has taken over every part of our day. You can’t go anywhere without seeing someone on their phone, texting, reading, playing, etc.. And the same holds true at the dinner table. Conversations amongst family don’t happen as much as they used to. Between phones and TV, eating a family meal without any distractions seems to be a thing of the past.
That is why family dinners are something I try to do every single night. All of us will sit at the dinner table with no outside distractions. No TV. No technology. If the phone rings or a text comes through, we don’t even answer it. We spend 20 minutes or more just sitting there, enjoying each other’s company while we eat. This became important to me as a father because I wanted my son to experience what’s it’s like to enjoy a conversation. I want him to know that no matter what happens during the day, that he can always look forward to family dinner at the end, where he can not only share his memories from the day…but perhaps solicit some advice.
Family time is sacred. We won’t ever get these moments back. Technology will be there when we’re done. But WE will not always be there for each other in the future. My hope is to continue this tradition as long as we can, but to also instill the importance of family bonding, without any outside interference. Because that dinner may be our last, and it can become a memory we will hold onto forever.