Seems things have changed dramatically today compared to when I was growing up. Sunday’s were a day for relaxing, eating, perhaps a round of golf
after church with my dad and then mom made dinner and we ate together as a family. TV was turned off and if the phone rang you better not answer it. When I think about it, the meal we had was directly related to the time of the year. Because my parents and I were and still are huge football fans, Sunday dinners tended to be a bit more casual. Mom made homemade French fries and usually Philly cheesesteaks during football season or perhaps an occasional burger. Remember, I was born and raised in Pennsylvania so Philly cheesesteaks are a must.
I also remember many places were closed on Sunday’s. Trying to get gas or groceries was limited because almost everything was closed. Today it seems that everything is open on Sunday’s and everyone is running all over the place before getting back to the grind on Monday. Sunday gathering of family dinner seems to be primarily left for holidays. I heard something in church a few weeks ago about a study they did many many years ago about the advancement of technology. They claimed that because all of the latest and upcoming technology the huge advantages people would have that it would increase productivity therefore people would have more time on their hands. There was even mentioning of people having 4-day workweeks because so much more would be accomplished. Am I the only person who feels as though technology, social media, email, text messages and other stuff are taking up all our time and that we have lost the most important part of life, friends and family…real time, being social in person? Some people rather text than make a phone call.
I’ll be the first to admit that I love social media, how else would I be able to connect with you. I enjoy connecting with other people and hearing about their adventures. But now days with all this technology we cannot even make dinner without our phone beeping that someone is trying to reach us. When you are out to dinner just scan the room you are sure to see at least one person checking their phone. People are having dinner together and they are both checking their phones, me included. It’s just plain rude!
So I guess all this technology has it’s pros and cons like anything else does. For all the great things the younger generation have to look forward to, I think many of them will suffer personal communication skills from all this technology. So wouldn’t it be nice if we could make Sunday a day or at least for a few hours, in which we gave our undivided attention to whomever we are with. And if we have a family, wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back to the way it use to be on Sunday’s where we ate as a family and enjoyed a good conversation? Maybe you never ate as a family and maybe this was no accident you are reading this. God sends signs every day, we just don’t always catch them.
Looking back I was very fortunate that we ate almost every night as a family and the only time I hated it was the times the report cards were mailed home in which I knew I would not want to be at that table with my father. What a long dinner that was.
So here is to Sunday dinners together with the important people in our life. Here’s to being present with the people you’re with and engage in conversation. Because as I found out later in life, I would give up just about anything to have dinner with my grandparents and parents all together at one table on a Sunday afternoon. I wouldn’t be checking to see who liked my status or checking my cell phone if I had that opportunity one more time, that’s for sure. I hope you have dinner with the important people in your life this Sunday and every Sunday hereafter. Cheers to Bringing Back Sunday Dinner!!
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