One fall Wednesday evening my family and I sat down to eat our dinner after a long exhausting day it is the middle of the week so everyone is tired and cranky. I had prepared for dinner barbecue chicken, mixed vegetables, pork & beans and buttered bread and we had water as a drink. I did not prepare desert because I do not like the children eating sweets only on special occasions (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter etc.).
I had my two oldest boys Neno age 10 and Caeser age 6 set the table. As they were setting the table my wife came home and I had just finished preparing dinner and placed the food on the table. Now my wife Laura always dishes out the proper food portions to each of us. After everyone has received their food I will appoint one of the children to say Grace. We always do the Our Father prayer and even our 3 year old Cyrus knows it by heart. I feel this is the only prayer that is needed per the teachings of Jesus the Christ. On this evening I had appointed Natasha are 4 year old to do Grace. However, most of the time when we start prayer before dinner we will all say Grace aloud together. But I like to appoint one of the Children to start prayer to feel good about themselves and feel responsible.
So after prayers we all dig in to eat. Usually at dinner we will talk about are day and the boys will tell us about school and what they learned. Usually my wife and I will try to put forth a good message to the children pertaining to their day.
So during dinner the children were not eating there vegetables and beans this is excluding baby Nadine age 1 she just about eats everything so no need to worry there. So my wife and I tried to explain to the children why vegetables and beans are so important to there diet and how vegetables and beans will help them grow big and strong. Well they were having no part of it.
After dinner we clear the table, I usually do the dishes and put everything away and Laura will help the children get in their pajamas and then well sit down watch some television. If there are any leftovers I will put them in sealed containers and save them for later. After finishing our chores I walked over to the computer and I began searching the internet for pictures of starving children around the world. I finally found a website with pictures of starving children, children without families and I asked all the children to come and see the pictures.
You could have heard a pin drop in are home when the children saw the pictures. This is really rare because are home is pretty noisy with 5 children 10 and under and they all have their own personalities so it is not often very quiet. I am not even forty yet I think I need hearing aids (another story another time) I explained to the children the importance of having food to eat and that they should be thankful for the times we have together and for the food we have on are plates.
As we were reviewing the pictures and discussing what was happening to these young beautiful children my two oldest boys both had tears in there eyes. I had a hard time explaining to them what was happening to these children. I was very choked up and also had tears in my eyes.
We are not in a position at this time to donate to charities that help feed the starving children of the world but we do keep them in are prayers. If you can donate to a charity I ask that you do and if your situation is similar to ours and cannot donate then please keep these children in your prayers.
The moral of the story is this at the expense of young beautiful children around the world who are starving and have no families I was able to teach my children a valuable lesson in life. Do not take things for granite and be thankful for what you have.
To this day we haven’t had any trouble getting the children to eat dinner completely.