Some of my favorite memories of growing up in the Rhien home involve food....(sadly)
But I think more than the FOOD - were the memories that were surrounding the time we spent together. I love that we had breakfast together every morning - sitting at the table, all at the same time. (with color matching Tupperware dishes - thanks for going the extra mile Mom!) My mom would read the scriptures to us as we ate together (and I'm pretty sure her breakfast wasn't ever warm - as she read to us before she had a chance to eat most of the time). Sure, I threw fits, didn't want to eat breakfast, didn't like what we were having - etc (I wasn't a pleasant teenager...) - but now looking back I love that my parents pushed this. When we were teenagers it was easy to have things to do and places to be at night - but at 6:30 in the morning we could be together as a family - no exceptions.
I also love that we had dinner together, at the table, every night. Not only do I know that it was a sacrifice for my mom to have a hot, homemade meal every night - but she worked so hard to keep it healthy too (and yummy!). I think that in today's world - even more than when I was growing up - it is vital that our families reconnect with each other at the end of the day. Sure, my kids are little right now - but I hope that making dinnertime a good experience now will translate into that connection with them when they are teenagers and we are going a million miles an hour in different directions.
Anyway - I thought this short article was nice. http://www.ldslivingonline.com/article.php?articleId=66850