Family-Style

Friday, January 13, 2012

One of my biggest blessings in life is my family. I realize how fortunate I am for the closeness we all share and I really try not to take it for granted, but my family is such a well-oiled machine that I sometimes look at people dumbfounded when I realize they don't have a relationship with their parents...or worse, their siblings. I guess I sometimes assume that everyone talks to their mother daily, visits their sister's house weekly, and looks forward to playing board games with their cousins at their aunt's house on Thanksgiving.

Then I'm reminded what a rarity this is, especially in today's technological, on-line, text-age where it seems everything is done with the click of a key instead of face-to-face.

Tonight my family got together at one of our favorite spots, Buca di Beppo to celebrate my husband and two sisters' birthdays. We sat in the Pope's Room around a huge circular table and ate family-style like they do in Italy (or on the Jersey Shore depending on which generation you're from.) We put down our phones (except when my daughter wanted to play the ice cream game on my sister's phone) and we talked.

It's so nice to unplug and get back to the basics every once in a while.