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Table set up

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On TV you see all these families get together and have these amazing dinner tables set. I always wanted to do that. I thought it was so cool. I came across a post on Facebook on how to fold napkins. I decided to give it a whirl. I think it turned out cute. I wish I’d have taken a closer picture though, so you could see the details.

I sat there and folded four of these napkins. Over my shoulder I’m yelling at the boys to stay out of the food. I realize I’m becoming frustrated…. I took it apart, refolded it to see if it looked better a different way and finally I realized that folded napkins don’t matter. I could have a paper napkin sitting on these plates and that’s ok. It isn’t about perfections. It’s about love and togetherness.

When I was a kid we used to have a HUGE family get together. My family, aunt, uncle, grandparents, everyone’s children…we’d all be together. We’d cram 15-20 people into our houses and just enjoy each other. We used paper plates and napkins, and our food wasn’t served on platters. This was just fine for us. We had good food and good people. That’s all that mattered to us. As we have grown up and all of the kids have moved off, got married, had kids, or whatever the situation may be, we don’t do this as much. Life is different. Some of the kids wont talk to each other anymore. Our children don’t know their cousins or their grandparents…people feel left out and unloved. Time is changing.

My memories mean so much to me. I’m unhappy with how the family has moved on without each other, but I think with big families this can happen. What does make me happy is I have a wonderful, happy, family. Life throws us curve balls and we have things that are imperfect, but it’s not the end of the world. It makes us better and stronger!

 Now I have one question……..who likes to fold their napkins and make them all pretty??

 

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