My daughter Emilie was eight when she walked into the dining room as I was setting the table for dinner. She asked, “Whose birthday is it?” I replied, “It’s no ones birthday, I just thought it would be nice for us to have dinner in the dining room.” She gave me a puzzled look and walked away her ponytail swaying behind her.
Her question made me stop and ask myself, “Have I been giving my family the impression that they’re not special enough to eat in the dining room unless it’s their birthday?” Who can be more special than family?
Use the good dishes and light some candles. Even grilled cheese will look like a gourmet meal.