Monday, October 10, 2011
Home Spun comic strip #664
I've seen commercials from time to time about getting the family together for dinner as a way to keep your children out of trouble. Mine have been eating dinner together for as long as I can remember. Sometimes we even eat together for breakfast and lunch. And while we eat, we talk. The table often is the site of our deepest philosophical discussions or historical debates. We draw on the news of the day, favorite books, movies, or comics, and sometimes conversation spontaneously erupts over the most random things. We don't do this every day or at every meal, but I do like to encourage these talks. I want my kids to think about everything. So I might throw out a question just to get things started. What was Columbus really like? Who was worse, Sweeney Todd or Mrs. Lovett? Why can't the politicians get along? Why doesn't anyone recognize Superman when he wears glasses? I try not to influence their responses, and if they pick a side, I try to offer alternative views. It keeps them on their toes. And it keeps me thinking and wondering as well.