Today was a half-day off from school, so we gathered everybody up and made them leave their individual pursuits for a small while to go out for some food. We don’t always get this opportunity, so it’s good to grab it when it comes along, instead of putting it off til the “next time”. Those tend to slip away too quickly. Not everybody was ready at the same time, so there was a little push-pull going on, but we eventually made it out the door and to our destination.
For some reason, it’s easier to have life planning sessions while eating out. Perhaps it’s that we are captive, stuck seated at a table, waiting for service and otherwise unoccupied, that lets us touch on subjects that seem too unwieldy at home. No phone calls interrupt, no chores that must be done; just the camaraderie of breaking bread together allows us to share other things. Today the subject could have been college. Pre-orientation, orientation, setting up bank accounts, roommates, list of needs – there are so many things that need to be done or planned. We need to make sure we are ready for the end of senior year and have a graduation party to schedule, and it helps to include the other girls on planning for their older sister’s things, as they will soon enough be in her shoes. But, of course, we went and socialized instead, laughing and chatting about unimportant things. Just time together as a family, and that’s getting to be in short supply.
The major plans will be made, eventually. The graduation details will be covered. Everything will find it’s place in our schedule, and if it doesn’t, then it’s probably not worth worrying about. Even though we didn’t come away from our time out with plans made, it was a satisfying way to spend a couple of hours.
And we did get a meal out of the deal.