"Update your status with me face to face, I promise I will shower first. "
Sunday is here and that means one thing, Sunday supper. Yeah Sunday supper, for those unfamiliar, this is where you spend the majority of the day making a dinner or supper and then you and your family sit down and enjoy the food slowly and relish in the idea of being unplugged for the evening. As a kid we didn't always eat the most gormuet food but we did enjoy our hamburger helper together. It would be a time where issues would be resolved and stories would be told. Laughter would be at a constant and I would have to say this time spent are some of my most cherished moments as a kid. When I remember my Dad's laugh, I remember it from countless times we had Sunday supper.
In order for this to work today I think you would agree you will need to go unplugged. Collect the cell phones and other tethered devices and put them in a basket and turn them off. I know this will be difficult because some folks just have to check their phone every 4 seconds to see if anyone has updated their status on Facebook. My opinion I find that Facebook has gobbled up the time in people's lives that was reserved for wanting to really know how someone is, instead we just read a typed status update. But that is a rant for another day when I crankier. With the slow food movement growing in popularity in this country I think its important to take time to unplug from what is dragging you down and plug into what can make you alive again.
I think food can be a catalyst to bring people together in ways that most have forgotten. Flavors can arouse a memory that can be shared with people face to face, instead of a dumb status update on Facebook. The idea that food is more than just nourishment for our body, but a way to refuel your soul I think has been lost by the cattle troughs we tend to go to when we are hungry. You know the place, its where you can sit down and get a chicken fingers basket that your digestive system will eradicate instantly, yeah not pretty. So why not just spend Sunday cooking and reuniting with your friends and family. Reconnect with stories and laughter that will fill your soul instead of blank space on the internet.
If you have a Sunday supper tradition I would love to hear it. If you don't, I challenge you to start one and let me know how it goes.