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Old 09-09-2014, 06:42 PM   #51
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We lived on a small farm when I was growing up but my dad worked in town. We ate dinner when he got home. We didn't have a separate dining room but a very large kitchen with a large dining area. Mom and Dad were quite strict about behavior at the table, but my two sisters and I sometimes got the giggles and had to sit on the back steps until we were over our tickling spell - then we would finish our dinner. The giggles never got us out of eating things we didn't like so we learned to like most everything. My mother always said I ate like a rabbit because I liked all veggies. She lived to be over 96 years old and just passed away a month ago.
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We lived on a small farm when I was growing up but my dad worked in town. We ate dinner when he got home. We didn't have a separate dining room but a very large kitchen with a large dining area. Mom and Dad were quite strict about behavior at the table, but my two sisters and I sometimes got the giggles and had to sit on the back steps until we were over our tickling spell - then we would finish our dinner. The giggles never got us out of eating things we didn't like so we learned to like most everything. My mother always said I ate like a rabbit because I liked all veggies. She lived to be over 96 years old and just passed away a month ago.
Sending my sympathies on the recent loss of your mother.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:03 PM   #53
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My condolences, Licia.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:41 PM   #54
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cws, i thought i was the only nutcase that saves voicemails of loved ones, just for someday, just to hear their voice (again)...
You should know by now there are a lot of "nutcases" here at DC! Even though we killed our land-line almost a year ago, the answering machine is still plugged in its spot. Every once in a while I'll play the silly messages our kids have left since we don't see them that often. I'd rather have them at the kitchen table munching on something I made.

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.... My mother always said I ate like a rabbit because I liked all veggies. She lived to be over 96 years old and just passed away a month ago.
Sorry about your Mom's passing. What a long life she had. Hopefully you're heart is full of wonderful memories.
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I don't know why I'm so late to this party! What a great thread and now I've read all the 42 posts with smiles and nods. I feel I know all of you a little better. Great idea Cheryl !!

I was raised in a little house that was attached to our little "Mom and Pop grocery/meat market". Food, and the preparation of it was our world. Our kitchen was the largest room in the house and the window over the sink looked out to the store. Mom or Dad would start something good smelling on the the stove for dinner, and open up the window to make the customers hungry. I think we pioneered the idea of samples given to customers. Both my parents were good cooks and since they never went somewhere else to work, they were always around. I took up cooking very early because of the circumstances. After the store closed at 7pm, the three of us would have dinner at the kitchen table. We always said grace before dinner, holding hands. I have wonderful memories of those days and I'm forever thankful for the parents I had. I was a late in life baby, and I lost them way too soon. To say I still miss them is a given.
Thanks so much, Kay. I had no idea this thread would get so many responses, but I'm so glad it did! I also feel like I know many of you better. It's so interesting to read about everyone's main family meal time. Sounds like we all did the best we could with what we had to work with.

I just got off the phone with my oldest daughter who lives 2 hours away, down in Santa Clarita. We talked a little about this this topic. My grandchildren are ages 1, 3, and 5, and son-in-law is a firefighter who is often gone for days at a time. They don't get regular family meals together and really treasure the times that they are able to. When they can, it's whatever they can get - BBQ's in the backyard at noon, or picnic brunch at a park. It's all good, like many have said, it's all about family.
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Licia, condolences on the recent loss of your mother.
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My table was always filled with laughter and bickering. Maureen hated her bright blue eyes. She always wanted brown eyes like her sister and mother. So the other three would tease her and call her Little Miss Blue Eyes. This continued until she found their weakness and they didn't like the shoe on the other foot.

One night their father banged his fist on the table so hard the dishes jumped. "QUIET!" It was quiet for about a minute. then back to bedlam. He just looked at me and said it was better than his childhood at the table.

Every parent makes their share of mistakes. Some we regret, but hopefully we learned from them. To this day my kids talk fondly about their mealtimes and the food they ate. If their father and I did any one thing right it was that we gave them good memories of their mealtimes.

Put all my kids at the same table today, and nothing has changed. Lots of chatter, laughter and still building memories for their children.
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I don't know why I'm so late to this party! What a great thread and now I've read all the 42 posts with smiles and nods. I feel I know all of you a little better. Great idea Cheryl !!

I was raised in a little house that was attached to our little "Mom and Pop grocery/meat market". Food, and the preparation of it was our world. Our kitchen was the largest room in the house and the window over the sink looked out to the store. Mom or Dad would start something good smelling on the the stove for dinner, and open up the window to make the customers hungry. I think we pioneered the idea of samples given to customers. Both my parents were good cooks and since they never went somewhere else to work, they were always around. I took up cooking very early because of the circumstances. After the store closed at 7pm, the three of us would have dinner at the kitchen table. We always said grace before dinner, holding hands. I have wonderful memories of those days and I'm forever thankful for the parents I had. I was a late in life baby, and I lost them way too soon. To say I still miss them is a given.
In the section I raised my kids, there was and still is a store just like your parents had on almost every corner. Most of the families were in the lower spectrum of middle class. Hard working blue collar people. Really good people. They had a big tray of pizza on the counter. The kids would buy a couple of slices and eat them on the way to school. Some of their customers would run a tab until payday. And there was always that free piece of candy for the kid that didn't have any money. No family in the neighborhood went hungry as long as their was a store on the corner. The owner would put together a bag or two of groceries, and tell the mother, just to tide you over until payday. The owner knew though that the father lost his job, and who knew when his next payday was coming. There were and are a lot of folks who are very grateful for those little store owners like your parents. The are the center and life's blood of a neighborhood.
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Oh Addie, I have so many memories of our little store and I can still see it in my mind's eye, complete with a big jar of pickled pigs feet on the meat case counter. There sure wasn't one on every corner or we wouldn't have been able to survive. I remember when the first "super market" came into the area and Daddy and I went there to scope out the prices and check out the place, with packaged meat and every color of bar soap. Remember colored bar soap? We sure didn't have shelf space for every color of bar soap or colored toilet paper either. What a horror that all their meat was packaged without a butcher like my Dad.

It turned out that our loyal customers who had their personal charge accounts stayed with us even with the "super market" near by. We hardly ever had a problem with people paying at the end of the month.
Dad had the best meat money could buy, and cut to order wrapped in butcher paper. Cooking advice was available for the asking. I often went with my Mom to deliver groceries to customers who needed the free service. Dad was too smart to give food away when people asked for it, but he often handed them a broom or had them stock some shelves in exchange. Oh how I miss them, and that childhood.
Klemm's Loma Vista Market...circa 1946-1963.
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