We only saw/heard bits and pieces of the State Of The Union (SOTU) speech tonight. Here's the text for those of you, who like us, were otherwise occupied.
What, you may ask, kept us so busy that we couldn't sit and watch the President?
We were baking brownies, making dinner and eating dinner as a family. Here on the west coast the SOTU came on at 6:00pm, so it was right in the middle of our evening routine. We flipped it on in the background, but it wasn't center stage.
Not watching the SOTU isn't what I'm wondering about that's making us so different. I think the SOTU will have low ratings and those people who watched already like and/or approve of the President. No big deal there. No, what makes us unusual is that we have dinner together as a family EVERY night. SOTU or not, rain or shine (lately that would be mostly rain), every day.
Everything I see on TV and read about on line or in print tells me that we're different. Today's families are too busy, too active, too involved, or too cool to sit down and eat together. It makes a huge difference in our day. We always say a prayer before we eat and we take turns. Some of the things the 3 year old and the 5 year old pray for are sweet and innocent, some are downright goofy. Most nights the 6 month old sleeps through dinner, as she did tonight.
So to the fast food franchises, the Seattle Times, the talk shows, the magazines, the entertainment shows who tell us that we don't or shouldn't exist because it just isn't cool, I say -
(Thanks to ninme for showing me how to spell what a raspberry sounds like. She can spell that demonic laugh thing too... so literate...)
UPDATE: Full on nose scraping the ground bow to the incomparable ninme, for catching my inability to develop the correct acronym. SATU has now morphed over the the correct SOTU... Who ever heard of a military guy who couldn't get the acronyms right...it must be close to retirement time for me...