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.

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