Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Two Peas in a Pod

Formal family dinners. Table set with the finest china, sterling flatware and Grandmothers Bohemia Crystal. Sitting erect, poised in your chair and napkin gracefully placed in your lap. Years of etiquette training at work. Knowing the small fork is for salad, the water glass is just off to the right at the top of your plate and elbows, never on the table.

Being refined in this manner is regal, set aside for those of royalty status. Ones who sit great distances when at the table, speak formally and with curt tones. Unable to enjoy the wonderful experience of dining with laughter, easy conversation even the occasional spill.

Take pleasure in knowing that it's not that way in this house. Dinners are fun, easy, loud and enormously entertaining. Not much is beyond this family when gathered at the table. Michael and Mina have insatiable appetites for fun and laughter. True, the table is not the ideal place for those type appetites to be satisfied, but it does happen. I believe, when things get to the level of hysteria, fall back on the old "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" proverb. So instead of scolding, reprimanding even threatening their young little lives, I run get my!

After all, exactly how many times do you think they will have the opportunity to put a pea in the gaping hole left behind by a tooth? Or have their Mother put a pea up their nose for the photo -op? Sure, it's unreasonable to think that every dinner will or should be this way, but when the time lends itself.....ENJOY!

Continually stifling the moment at the first signs of "outta control" isn't healthy for anyone. I personally spend enough time in the ring of discipline and welcome the occasional pea up the nose trick.

Look at his face and explain to me how you could have wanted to quiet the laughter.

"Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves."

- Marcelene Cox


Blogger Christie said...

one more reason for me not to eat peas! thank goodness there are those who still enjoy life, whenever they get a chance.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

What a lot of fun !! Having dinner in your house would be the ultimate laugh-fest. That is so cool. Thanks for sharing. Take care, Meow

7:37 PM  
Blogger Little Miss said...

careful now, you'll end up taking that one to the E.R. (penny up the nose, pea in the ear...where does it end??)

7:44 PM  
Blogger Norman said...

You will need to show those pictures to their first dates!


7:54 PM  
Blogger momma of 2 said...

How cute it that? Have fun while you can - pretty soon they'll be tossing the peas at each other - but some words of wisdom if having a food fight - wait until you have mashed potatoes - they seem to fling and stick the best - not that I know anything about that.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Awesome mom!!! Life's too short and we worry about the wrong things sometimes!!!

8:09 PM  
Blogger The Daily Rant said...

THIS is precisely why I love dining at your house!!! I miss you guys SO much! Love you all. Oh, and next time I'm there, I don't want peas. Understood?

10:04 PM  
Blogger Spikey1 said...

When can we come over!?

6:21 AM  
Blogger RANDI said...

HaHaHa! Tell your lovely daughter not to inhale too hard--peas like to get stuck in the nose!

6:29 AM  
Blogger ***Double_Oh_No*** said...

How cute! I bet your kids' friends will absolutely love it when they can (do?) have sleepovers. What a blast!

(But I never understood the properness of not having elbows on the table, anyway..?)

6:44 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Any time your mom REQUESTS that you put a pea in your nose, you HAVE to do it!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

And I was hoping to see the pic of the pea up YOUR nose! LOL

7:47 AM  
Blogger Lala's world said...

ok totally funny

my oldest stuck a pea up her nose when she was 1 1/2 we couldn't get it out and had to take her to emergency to take it out.....after tying her up in a papoose they finally could hold her still long enough to suction it out..... we were back in 6 months to extract a raisen

8:54 AM  
Blogger AL said...

How fun! I'll be there some day soon - I can't wait! Parenting is fun :)

9:27 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

ROFL, What a fun dinner time.

Hugs Suz

9:47 AM  
Blogger vani said...

love the quote..and this post is too funny- love the pics for the x-tra effect!

12:20 PM  
Blogger mommyof4 said...

Love it! Our family is far from manners at home too! I think dinner time is a time to enjoy each other, pea in nose and all!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Bossy‚ô•'s YOU said...

well, whatever it takes to get the kids to eat peas;)

2:55 PM  
Blogger Bongi-Amma said...

hahahah the pea's in the tooth gap was awesome!!!! loved the quote at the end too :)

3:21 PM  
Anonymous angie said...

Too, too cute!
Love the's so true.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Do not try this at home, kids...:)
She could have sucked that one up to her brains! :)

4:23 PM  
Blogger bon said...

So.... do you give parenting lessons on how to "lighten-up-already!"?

I think I need 'em.

and my word verification? nvuycl- Envy you. Why? See Elle.

10:06 PM  

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