Today we are charged with writing about our kitchen table, which Fr. Peck calls the most important piece of furniture in our house. I imagine this is because it is the one thing where everyone will, hopefully, be gathered around at the same time, thus facilitating conversation and interaction. There was a great Seinfeld episode where Jerry decided he wanted to get married and Kramer tried to dissuade him of the notion: “marriage, man made prisons… You talk about your day. How was your day today? Did you have a good day today or a bad day today?”
But Kramer was wrong – it is good to talk about your day! But it can be tough to do this. In my cultural milieu many people own their own business which makes any kind of 9-5 day where you theoretically eat two meals together as a family out of the question. In addition our children are so busy with activities that families are rarely together even once a day. Finally, for those who theoretically may work 9-5, who actually can get away with not going in early and not leaving late and still get all the work done? So this assignment is a good reminder to all of us. I have a busy but flexible schedule, but I find when I am home for meals I am often dealing with phone calls or otherwise “working”. And due to the fact that I often work at night and stay up late, breakfast time is not my best time for conversation. Fr. Peck’s assignment for us today is a nice reminder of what we need to prioritize.