Our family enjoys meal time. It is when we all can sit down, talk, and laugh. We laugh a lot because we have a son who innately understands that the most exhaustive efforts at comedy usually produce the most gratifying response.
But there are times when there is no laughter. Or conversation. Or enjoyment of any kind while we eat.
That is usually because something has sabotaged our dinner.
Sometimes it is a busy night with too many activities and responsibilities.
Sometimes it is conflict over siblings struggling to get along or hurt feelings when the teasing goes too far.
Sometimes it is disappointment from plans that just don’t go our way.
And sometimes it is Spaghetti Squash Alla Carbonara.