Simple Dinnertime Memories with a Simple Message

     It seems the reverse is true today.  It seems that sitting down to dinner at the kitchen or dining room table is the exception to the rule and that eating in front of the TV is the new normal.  I am not making any judgements here because we’ve had our share of “TV dinners” as a family!  I did, however, have fun reflecting on my childhood dinner routine  in my newly posted blog on my website, and hope my kids will think back fondly on our dinners together, wherever they took place.

Follow the link and see if you share similar memories!

In Health,

Polly, your motivational speaker with a fondness for food memories


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

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  1. Ah Polly, great blog — yes, I share similar memories, both distant and recent. Growing up, meals were to be taken at the dinner table… something I grew to appreciate a whole lot more when I was home from boarding school for the holidays. More recently… my kids (particularly Kate aged (8) often wants to know why we can’t be like many of her friends who apparently aren’t confined to the dinner table at dinner time. Jack’s (5) offering usually goes something along the lines of “Because Dad’s African and his people eat dinner at the dinner table” which invariably leads to all sorts of — often quite entertaining — conversations, a greater level of connection with each other, what’s going on in our lives and what matter’s to us… and a whole lot of priceless memories. 

  2. Very nice Polly.  I would love it if more families embraced this idea.  I wish I had done it more with Miles.  Maybe because we were only two people, him and I, I didn’t consider how important meal times were.  I surely do wish I could do THAT one over again!

  3. I love this post, Polly. And it brings up so many warm memories centered around the dinner table. For much of our culture is focused on food – at least in the south! I’m going to share this post and see if I can get people to share their dinner time memories. Awesome job!

    • Thanks Kelly.  One of my sisters always marvels that I remember so many details of our mom’s cooking, dinners, picnics, etc.  The fact that those food memories always included family makes it extra special as I look back.  Plus I guess I was destined to involve myself with food since I was so keen on it then!  Direct me towards some of your “shares” if you get them!

  4. There were 9 of us around our dinner table.  We all had a place to sit and we never had TV during dinner and dinner was always at 6pm.  I don’t know how my mom did it!  But you always knew you were doing something wrong (like your elbow on the table, or scraping your fork on your teeth or chewing with your mouth open) when my dad would tap his fork on his plate and look at you!  Ah, memories!  To this day, we have fun with my dad about his fork tapping signals to get your elbows off the table!


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