Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Good-bye Supper Time...

Last week, we closed a chapter in our lives. For those who don't know, we were 1/3 partners in a Super Suppers Franchise in Huntersville. We have now officially closed our doors, but we'd hoped that the great concept of being able create and take home 12 gourmet quality dinner entrees in only 2 hours would be a business that would thrive as it served to bring families back together around their own dinner tables.

One of the hardest things for me when I had a young family was thinking of creative meals that were healthy but not overwhelming to prepare. We made it a priority to eat dinner AT the table rather than on the run or in front of the tube as many nights a week as possible when my kids were growing up. It was often difficult and some weeks it was almost impossible, but I believe that having that goal contributed to the great relationship we enjoy to this day with Leslie and David (and their beloveds). The dinner table was where we laughed, solved world problems, debated, and discussed what was happening in our lives. We discovered things around our table that we'd never have known about each other if not for that practice, and I cherish those memories.

It's sad that we've had to close Super Suppers for many reasons, not the least of which is that we are saying good-bye to some very disappointed loyal customers, but the fact is, there just weren't enough of them.

Okay...before this starts to sound like a "woe is us" post let me say that my purpose isn't a plea for pity. I actually want to praise God for the hard lessons learned as we've labored to stay afloat. But my primary reason for writing is to take the opportunity to urge young couples who have children to turn off the television and eat dinner together at the table as often as you can. You'll be doing yourself a favor and giving yourself a gift because the best happy meal happens at home!

1 comment:

  1. thank you for your encouragement to eat as a family! we *try* our best to make this happen, but even when the kids are young (as in two, three year olds!) is sometimes hard. BUT always good to hear WHY we should press through the struggles to make family dinners a reality. love your wisdom!