I stave off uncertainty by systematizing.
We have always been very loose about dinner times and meal planning. But we always aim to sit down to dinner together.
Since this school year’s launch, we have set a goal to eat dinner at 6:30 every night. And now we have a dinner plan:
- Meatless Monday
- Taco Tuesday
- Prince Spaghetti Wednesday
- Comfort Food Thursday
- Fish Friday*
- **Clean the Refrigerator Saturday
- **Sunday Supper
*Friday might be pizza. (The kids don’t like fish).
**Saturday and Sunday might be FFY, Fend For Yourselves.
So far, so good.
Chris loves to eat but he takes forever to cook. And he is a messy cook. So having this schedule get keeps him moving and motivated. (I think the Parkinson’s meds have affected his executive function/planning.)
Besides, the kids are starving when they walk in the door from various afterschool activities at 6:30 pm. (They leave the house at 7:35 am — long day!)
Last night, it was FFY, because the girls and I went to see Pippin on Broadway for their birthday. How fun was that! The understudy was on and I can’t imagine the real lead, Kyle Dean Massey, could be any better than the understudy, Mike Schwitter. (Chris’s friend John Dossett played the king! Other highlights: Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Lucie Arnaz as Grandma Bertha.)
I think the message of the musical is find the extraordinary in your ordinary.
It’s a highlight of the day to eat dinner together. It’s the ordinary.