Friday, October 14, 2005

Is it Swansons tonight?
Tonight I was sitting thinking about when I was a child. It was this time of year. Around halloween actually. I was allowed to go out on my own tricker treating. I felt real grown up. I had to go with a friend though. We ended up at her house for dinner. I don't even remember the friends name. (must not have been a close friend) I only remember what we had to eat. It was a swanson TV dinner. I had never had one before, and it was very strange to me. My mom only cooked meals homemade from scratch. I kinda felt sorry for this friend that only had meals made in a factory and placed in a foiled package that you pop in the oven for 20 minutes. Her mom wasn't home just her dad, so I guess it was easy for him to feed himself and his child. The meal seemed to be well balanced, with meat, potatoes and green veggie. But I was a kid and wasn't concerned about healthy food. I think there was even dessert. My family always had our meals together at the table. At this girls house we didn't sit around the table, but in front of the TV at TV trays. It was like I was on another planet. Only because it was something I had never experienced before. I wondered if this was the norm. Did this family always eat like this? Fast forward 30 some years. I'm all too familiar with the frozen meals that come in a plastic, cardboard microwavable container. They really are fast, and I know the Swansons family have improved the contents over the years. I even sit in front of the TV and eat my meals all the time. It's only cuz I'm alone. And I'm lazy. I don't always have the TV dinners. It's not too often that I will buy them. But whenever I do, I think of my first experience. Then I think of the times around the dinner table with family and all the conversation and laughter we shared. I wouldn't trade that for the world.

3 comments:

Jen said...

I'm starting to understand how hard it is to cook for one. With Jordan working 12-8 these past few weeks, I've been on my own for supper. While I haven't done the microwave meal thing yet, I have had a bowl of cereal. Seems to time consuming to do it for only myself to enjoy.

Patricia Miller said...

Your dad comes home occassinal items like swansons, I hate them no taste, he brings home these macironi ones from wal mart huckity huck. I would rather start from scratch, and make my own cheese sauce. The ones in these packages are paled out and tasteless. I know your dad does this just to make it easier, on his cooking I guess i better get on the ball and do some more cooking.

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