Friday, April 04, 2008

At the Proper Time

We pray the psalm several times daily:
The eyes of all look to You, o Lord, and You give them their food at the proper time.

We've been watching a lot of Leave It to Beaver recently. It is SO good. It's funny. The Cleavers are not a picture-perfect family like some of the other 50s-tv families. They are flawed and sinful and selfish sometimes. But they're nice. And they're wholesome. They're not dysfunctional like most of the families on tv today. Ward is a strong father figure. And the show is just plain hilarious!

There's one problem with it. June always knows exactly how long till dinner. The whole family knows what time dinner is scheduled. "Mom, how long till dinner?" "It will be another 30 minutes, boys." Or "Mom, how long till we eat?" "You have five minutes. Pretty soon you'll need to go wash up."

At our house, far too often it's 2:30 or 3:00 before we sit down to eat lunch/dinner -- which ideally should be on the table at noon, but my more realistic goal is 1:00 or 1:30. I just want to laugh when we pray at the start of the meal, "You give them their food at the proper time." Well, God may be wanting to feed them at the proper time, but that mask [their mother] feeds them 2-3 hours later. Ooops.


  1. Must share this with DH who never complains but is always trying to guess what time dinner IS going to be on the table. Kind of the by-gosh-and-by-golly method of meal preparation you could say.

  2. Our house is a little different. I'm usually pretty reliable about getting dinner on the table "at the proper time"--but then I have to beg and plead and finally threaten to get people to the table to eat it. Hmmm--I hope that's not a commentary on my cooking!