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|Dinner table, front porch wisdom|
As I was making my daily trek on the treadmill, I thought about the simplicity of yesterday. My thoughts turned to my Grandmother and Granddaddy's home and how we all gathered at the big dinner table. Since Granddaddy was the head of the household, he would always take the lead and say grace. How many of you can remember the elegance that came from the mouths of the older generation when they prayed.
There were certain words used that were preferred such as partake, bestowed, grace, bountifully, blessings, that had a heavenly appeal that opened the doors of heaven's gates. The prayer of grace was passed down through generations, but it still had the sound of originality as the words were spoken with such conviction. As many of us have witnessed in our own families, no one could say grace like Granddaddy.
I think that the disappearance of the family dinner table is one of the terrible tragedies to the modern family. Eating the meal was not the only delight experienced. Sharing this special time with our family was as delicious to the emotions as the food was delicious to our mouths and stomachs. There was never any hurry to finish eating. There were too many interesting stories being digested with the food that had been prepared with hands that knew how to cook the meals with those special, and sometimes secret, ingredients that country grandmothers knew how to prepare.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.