Sitting at the Kids' Table
November 06, 2013
Some of us have kids of our own. We're adults. We're on time, we
stock our own medicine cabinets and we sometimes use coupons when
we don't forget them at home. But somehow the mismatched charm of
The Kids' Table sort of beckons to us.
Funny because it was a real affront when we were stuck there at
14, clearly not a kid. We longed for a comfy chair, a crystal water
goblet and some adult gossip.
And here we sit in our rightful spot, wondering where the years
have gone and why we're saying 'You've gotten so big!' to our
nieces and nephews. We hated hearing it as a kid. How did we get
here so fast?
Planes, trains and automobiles, my friend. In fact, according to
AAA, about 43.6 million of us traveled 50 or more miles to reach
The Big People's Table in 2012. And while AAA might tell us how to
get there, who tells us what to do next?
How about the AARP? They took a light-hearted leap over the
generation gap with their Thanksgiving Story
Starters. Questions are designed to get people talking and they
range from baby book milestones to earliest memories,
Believe-It-or-Not's to Juicy Secrets (save that for the
after-dinner wine). How about some other ideas to take you from
arrival to table talk, post-meal clean up to food coma:
- Technology. 'Did you know Mavericks OSX is free?' (What's
Mavericks?) 'Let me show you.' A little reverse
mentoring in the holiday spirit is always a good thing. And
everyone loves Angry Birds.
- Naps. Not just for babies anymore. Some people are more gifted
- Walks. Around the block or in full-on turkey trot mode. Before
or after your meal, it'll bring a group together to walk, talk and
do something good for yourselves.
- Football. Packers vs. Lions 12:30PM (EST), Raiders vs. Cowboys
4:30PM (EST) and Steelers vs. Ravens 8:30PM (EST). Enough
- The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take you
from turkey in the oven (9AM EST) to turkey on the table (noon
EST). And give everyone something to talk about. Check the
Try to remember the reason you're together, that no one's
perfect (not even you) and that all this togetherness doesn't last
forever. For better or worse. And if the Big Table is too much for
you? Toss in a few boxes of crayons and a craft paper tablecloth
and call it a day. Uncle Glen draws a mean hand turkey.
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