Justin Blowers

How long has it been since you’ve sat down with your family on a Sunday and had a nice dinner?

I mean a dinner where you just talked, joked, laughed and there were no electronics involved.

For me, it was last Sunday, sort of. It wasn’t my family family but it was my “college family.” You see, I have my actual family, but then I also have everyone who I’m still close with that I met at my time in Troy and that’s my other family.

Well Sunday, we sat down and my roommate cooked some nice pork chops, mashed potatoes and green peas and we just sat around the table and ate. We didn’t get on our phones, we just enjoyed having a home-cooked meal and having pork chops for the first time in a very long time.

We didn’t text, we didn’t Facebook, we didn’t really use electronics at all. It wasn’t planned that way, but it just happened. And it was refreshing. It was exactly what I needed.

Sometimes you get so wrapped up in work and moving on from one thing to the next that you feel like you don’t have time to cook. That it becomes all microwave dinners and fast food. You don’t ever take time to slow down.

This forced me to slow down and it was good for me. It was what I needed to rejuvenate me after a not-so-great week before. And it was the same for them, too.

It was a much needed respite for all us. So much so that now we’ve decided that at least once a month, we’re going to try and have a sit-down group with the family. It was that good for your soul healing.

I say all of that to say this: gather the family around the table. It can be your family, your other family, your friends or whoever, but gather around a table and have a nice meal.

Sit down without the electronics and talk or let the silence of how a home-cooked meal hits differently fill the air. Either way, take time for yourself and others and just relax across a table of food.

You can set a date and time or just do it spontaneously like with my last Sunday dinner. The most important thing is that you actually have dinner and talk.

It sounds like something so simple and yet it’s so powerful. It’s powerful enough to brighten a week, to give you some energy, to remind you how much you enjoy the company of your friends or family and even just one of those moments that lets you know it’s all worth it.

So sit down and have dinner. You probably need it more than you think.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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