! Some Sunday dinner!
Aug. 16, 2009 4:38 pm
Updated: Oct. 4, 2009 2:13 pm
That was what my mother exclaimed one Sunday many, many years ago at the supper table as we ate some fast food for dinner. At that time and still to the present my brother and I found humor in it. It's not the type of humor that pokes disrespect at your elders but the type of boyish humor that everyone has at things parents do.
My mother's remark was one more at disgust or disappointment for herself and not at anyone else in general. Like many people of her generation, Sunday dinners were a big thing where food preparation started early in the afternoon and consisted of many food items. Dinners were eaten at the table with everyone present (Growing up we ate all dinners at the table as a family until our latter teen years) It was a day where you could expect an exceptionally good meal. I can't remember why but for some reason she was not able to prepare a meal and some sort of fast food was brought in the house. I think it was either Long John Silvers or McDonalds.
Many, many years later here I am a father of three and developing a love of cooking. Years ago as a smaller family my wife and I decided to make sure to have at least one meal a day at the dinner table. Some time later I combined my budding enjoyment of cooking with what my mother had unintentionally (at least I think so) instilled me. I started making Sunday dinner a big thing. My Sunday dinners are probably not as glamorous as my mothers but I serve up many dishes and cook everything from scratch. You won't catch a bucket of chicken on my table on Sunday...unless I cook it and put it in the bucket!
I'm not sure where this tradition comes from. Curious, I did some googling a few months ago. I think it is rich in the Catholic traditions of which I grew up. I think it is also is very common in Black families. I think it's a wonderful tradition and celebrates family over something we ALL enjoy; Food!
So here it is on Sunday and guess what we had for supper? Lunch meat sandwiches and chips! Why? I simply did not budget my time well today. We spent all day yesterday at our State Fair and I completely put off menu preparation and thawing something. When I realized it later today, it was too late. I was already tackling projects around the house and that was AFTER we grabbed a babysitter and saw an impromptu movie around noon. The children didn't mind eating a ham sammy and chips but sitting there eating it, I couldn't help but think, "! Some Sunday dinner!" Only this time it wasn't quite as humorous!