Thanksgiving Dinner

 
Thanksgiving has always been a time for our family to come together, share a meal, and express gratitude for the blessings in our lives.
 
But it's not just on Thanksgiving that we try to gather around the table as a family. My wife and I have instituted a tradition of regular family dinners, and it's something that has had a profound impact on our lives.

On average, we have three or four family dinners a week. 


Sure, it might not sound like much, but when you think about it, that's 150 opportunities a year for us to connect, bond, and create lasting memories. 

When you project these numbers over the years, it's staggering. If our daughter, Tepper, continues to have three family dinners a week until she goes off to college, that's roughly 2,000 family dinners in her lifetime.

Of course, she won't remember most of them, but she will remember that we had family dinners, which alone is significant.

Family dinners are about more than just the food on the table; they're about the conversations, the stories, and the bonds formed.

It's a tool for communication that helps us connect with each other on a deeper level.

While the specifics of those conversations might fade with time, the feelings of togetherness and love they foster will stay with us forever.

To make our family dinners even more fun and memorable, we've incorporated a game called "freeze."

At any point during dinner, I can yell "freeze," and everyone has to sit still. It's a simple game, but it never fails to bring laughter and excitement to our dinners.

Tepper has become the undefeated freeze champion, giving her a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.

It's a reminder that family dinners aren't just about sharing a meal, but about building character and creating cherished memories. I know how fortunate we are, and I’m genuinely grateful for it.