The Kids Table is where all the kids eat dinner at holiday family gatherings.
It’s generally a rickety card table from the basement pushed beside a yellow plastic one from the palyroom that ends up turning Grandma's hallway into an eat-in kitchen.
Sometimes it’s two different heights, sometimes the chairs
are broken, and usually the whole thing is covered in a plastic Christmas tablecloth freshly ripped from the dollar store cellophane.
No matter what, though, The Kids Table is a great place
to find burps, laughs, and juice spills at a holiday meal. Everyone’s enjoying a warm evening with cousins, decked out in their finest cable-knit sweaters, rosy red cheeks, and sweaty bedhead.
The Kids Table is great for many reasons.
First of all, no parents, no problems. Nope, the grown-ups are all baking pies, playing ping-pong, or sipping eggnog by the fireplace. The parenting theory here is that the kids sort of form a group safety net that will come screaming if somebody gets hurt, so no need for a pesky watchful eye. With all adults distracted, rules fly our the window and suddenly elbows lean on tables, chewed-up broccoli gets hidden in napkins, and somebody starts eating mashed potatoes with their bare hands. And no matter how old everyone is, the rule at The Kids Table is that you must act like you're seven. Teenagers who think they're too old for the table quickly start blowing bubbles in their milk, pouring salt in people's drinks, and giggling like mad. Then someone pops up a loud fart and everyone laughs for ten straight minutes. Lastly, let's not forget that The Kids Table eats first and sometimes features special items like lasagna with no onions, random chopped-up hot dogs, or real Coca-Cola awkwardly poured from heavy 2-liter bottles into tiny Styrofoam cups.
A lot of good times and great moments happen at The
Kids Table. Little ones learn from older siblings and cousins.
Childhood bonds are formed over toys, tears, and gravy spills.
And it’s good practice for growing up and eating with high
school pals at greasy spoons, scarfing hungover breakfasts
with college roommates, and enjoying Christmas dinner with
old family friends from the dining room next door.
So thank you, The Kids Table.
For all you do.
- Excerpt from www.1000awesomethings.com by Neil Pasricha, the brilliant writer behind his very AWESOME blog that never fails to make me smile, laugh and giggle. Hope you take the time to read it, it can surely brighten anyone's day, I know mine did.