Saturday, September 25, 2010

Eating together as a family

It has always been a very Asian tradition to eat together. Dinner is the most important meal of the day because it is a time when the whole family gathers. A basic Chinese combination was a 3+1 which consists of different combinations of vegetables, meat and fish. And there was always a simple soup which accounts for the "1". But in today's busy world, we make do with 2 dishes and a soup. All these to go with wonderfully fragrant and fluffy steam rice. A simple daily ritual that is so important to keep the communication going in the family. No matter how busy we are with our lives, we get to hear how everyone's day was. School grades (good or bad), school friends, unreasonable teachers, work happenings etc. My daughters usually take a longer time to finish their dinner and I used to hurry them along as I wanted to get all the dishes done before I could relax for the night. "But mum ! We are bonding !" was their usual response.

They actually have a point. The sisters bond through their school gossips and stories and my husband and I have learned to slow down our pace of eating to join in. It is something that I do not take for granted these days. When the kids get older, we might not get the opportunity to eat dinner together that often. So when we can, we learn to treasure it.

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