Thanks to everyone who helped to fill up the “Mommy Manders” Party Bus for our delivery of nearly 50 meals today! (It was also fun to see the BIG mixer, pots, and refrigerator in the BIG kitchen. Glad I don’t have to wash those dishes tonight!)
We couldn’t have done it without your hands holding the bags and boxes of food, without your knuckles for knocking on doors, without your little voices to announce “Meals on Wheels!” at doors or to sing “Happy Birthday” to kind Mr. James. And thanks to your sweet smiles and contagious energy, you helped to pass out a lot of cheer as well as food for nourishment! Thanks for spending your day off as a “wee” volunteer – way to go, children and parents! I’m proud of you.
Here are some of the questions and tips I provided for connection between children and parents on the bus – let it spark some conversation and connection in your own family this weekend!
Questions for Connecting with your Kids:
- What is your favorite food to eat?
- What is your favorite food to cook?
- Have you ever been very, very hungry when there was no food to eat? What was that like?
- Not every grown-up has a car, or can drive a car. What kind of freedoms does having a car give your family? (eg. You can drive to the store if you are out of milk.)
- If you could take a bus anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
- If you could decorate your own party bus, what would it look like?
- What is your favorite road trip game to play in the car?
- What is your favorite song to sing on a road trip?
- You are helping many people today by delivering them meals to eat. What is another one of your favorite ways to help people in need?
- What is your favorite way to help prepare/ serve meals at home?
Suggested Meal-time rituals for making family connections at home:
- Hold hands and take a collected deep breath together! Relax – you all made it to the table – it’s a miracle!
- Hold hands for a blessing. Share a song like “Johnny Appleseed” or recite a favorite prayer or scripture together.
- Everyone name something that they are thankful for on their plate. Or from their day.
- Talk about how the food got to your plates. Talk about the farmers, the workers, the grocers, the shopper, and the cooks – all the people who made this meal possible, and give thanks! Which job would you like best?
- Everyone share a “good thing” from their day.
- Light a candle for someone that your family is holding in their hearts, and say a prayer for them. Let them know…
- Give every one a job! Choosing the centerpiece, tossing the salad, choosing the blessing, setting the table, clearing the table, wiping the table, drying the dishes, etc. Kids of all ages can do their part to make it a true “family meal”!