Our generation has steered away from traditional anything but one tradition that must remain is Sunday dinner. Today we celebrated my husbands godson’s christening today and had dinner at another friend’s home. Some of their family was present, as well as a few friends. We spent time watching football, discussing rivalries and laughing at my child sing the Philadelphia Eagles fight song, much to my dismay. Our friends family got on the road home and the men sat down to doze off to late afternoon football games. Us women went outside to light the fire pit, make smores, and talk about life.
The few hours we spent talking passed by so quickly, and we got a chance to candidly discuss religion, spirituality, relationships, friendships, finances, futures, dreams, growth and found so many common threads in our success and many of our struggles. Taking a moment away from it all to simply connect and be vulnerable was rejuvenating and empowering. We all felt connected and less alone, despite feeling as if we were the only ones experiencing socks left on the floor or clothes randomly placed throughout the house! We affirmed that we are normal and many husbands do the same things.
I have been longing to connect with many of my friends again because so much time has passed since we just sat down to talk and laugh face to face. Just a few years ago, we had no problem getting together just to catch up and create memories. Now we have gotten so busy being homeowners, wives, mothers, fathers, husbands, students or just busy trying to get somewhere soon that we rarely stop to connect and recharge. We keep saying tomorrow instead of making a plan today. I am challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone and spend my weekends spending time with people, doing nothing but laughing and talking.
Money does not always have to spent to have a good time. Pick up a few sandwiches, a bottle of wine and a few snacks (if the kids are coming) and enjoy each others company. Don’t get too busy that you miss the chance to see your friends and hear about their accomplishments and be a sound board for their dreams. The only way we can survive, is by being there for each other and extending that love that is needed to continue on.
I am so blessed to be around such amazing women and watch how God is moving in all of our lives. I pray you pick up a tradition that reconnects you with your loved ones. Sunday Dinner. Get togethers. Laugh. Cry. Create memories. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.