We are one of those dying breeds of families.
Every night we sit at the dinner table, at about the same time, with the t.v. and the telephone off and have our dinner meal together. Boring I know. But I'm a firm beleiver in consistency in our children's lives and this just happens to be one that they can count on.
I really am tired of our dinner conversations. They always usually somehow end up back to a certain type of food on their plate and how much they despise it. The normal, "how was your day?" answer lasts about 2.3 seconds. I was desperate.
My friend LaLa was telling me about a new game. I think it is called Conversations but don't quote me on that. She said every night her girls get to pick one card out of a hat and then they discuss that particular topic at the dinner table. LaLaa gave me some examples of the cards they have drawn so I tried it out on the kids the other night.
Me: "So, um kids.....uh I have a question for you."
Dumb, blank stares and more silence ensues.................
Me: "If you could choose, would you rather live in a tree house or in a house in the sea?"
Tori: "A house on top of the water or underneath the water?"
Me: "A chamber that you can walk around in and breathe in that's in the sea."
Christian: "In the sea."
Leroy: "In the sea."
Izzy: "In the sea."
Tori: "I would rather live in a tree house that's in the ocean."
Me: "Why would you do that? Then you would be stuck in the tree house with circling sharks below you in the water."
Tori: "Well then I would want to live in a boat that had a tree house in it."
Long silence....................did I mention that nobody ever gets Tori?
Anyway, I then went in to my reasoning behind wanting to live in a tree house and if I were on a deserted island, I would want to build a tree house like Tarzan did. It actually turned out to be a lovely conversation that left my mind as quickly as it entered it.
That was a couple of days ago.......................
Yesterday, Izzy (the 3 year old) and I had the following conversation:
Izzy: "Mom, do jellyfish live in the ocean?"
Mom: "Yes they do Izzy."
Izzy: "Do jellyfish STILL sting Mom?"
Izzy: "I'm going to move all of the jellyfish out of the ocean in to a tree house so that I can safely live in the ocean."
I guess our dinner conversations are making an impact even days later!