I am hoping to rearrange a bit of life around here. The first rearrangement seems a bit backwards. We eat dinner together every night.....all thirteen of us. Fourteen when Anna is home. Every night, the noisy crew gathers together. We have striven for years to maintain dinner together but frankly with people ranging from 2 to 86 attempting to pass food, eat it without running for the wind, getting frustrated as the food they would love to eat is on the other end of the table - 12 feet away...... This puts a whole different spin on gathering during Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving. On those days we should all be able to eat one meal without having to pass anything??? A table in every room????? Every day is a family gathering around here!
So I am going to feed the little people early. They are always the hungriest, least patient, hardest to deal with at the table. I think if I can just eat quietly with them earlier, it will help their demeanor and mine. I would not describe dinner as the most relaxed of circumstances.
I want the small children in bed as soon as possible in the evenings so they don't become sleep deprived. The seventy to eighty somethings are not used to stubborn, verbal small children so I am sure they will have less indigestion this way too. We shall see if dear husband sees the sense in this plan. My goal is for everyone to lead.....a quiet and peaceable life. Whatever I can do to help to that end is how I proceed.