Friday, October 31, 2014

// 31. after dinner walks //


"After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile."  
-   English Proverb

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.”
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can hardly believe that we're at the end of 31 days of blogging!  I will close out this series by sharing with you a very beloved family tradition- the After Dinner Walk. 

Sometimes you finish dinner, and you're not quite ready for dessert. You've got to stretch the legs, get the digestion going a little, work up a second wind of an appetite before dessert and coffee are served. It's times like these that call for an after dinner walk. 

We don't walk after every meal.  And not everyone is obliged to come. When Alex first joined our family I don't think he quite understood the after dinner walk, and often opted to stay behind. But he's come around to them more recently and usually joins us. It's especially nice to take a walk after dinner if the weather is particularly fine. Winter walks are not as popular, but if we're feeling brave we'll go.  We always walk after dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Everyone get their coats and shoes, my dad puts the dog on a leash. In the summer we can look for golf balls that have been shot over the fence of the near by golf course.  In the winter my brother often brings a pipe. Sometimes we all walk in a straight line, taking up the entire street. Other times people pair up, some walking briskly ahead, while others fall behind admiring a house or a garden. Then we all come home, put the coffee on, and have dessert. It's always the prefect way to end a good meal together. 

And just like that, 31 days of blogging comes to a close. 

The most important learning is done in the home, and I've learned so many things in the home my parents made over the years. Now they're being taught in the home Alex and I are making together. I hope you've enjoyed reading about them. And perhaps you've learned something in the process as well. 

Thank you for reading.  I am looking forward to NOT posting anything tomorrow!


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  1. Anna, I just want to say that I absolutely loved this series. Your parents sound amazing. Thanks for sharing about them!

  2. I have enjoyed reading these so much, Anna. Your mom and dad are indeed wonderful people. And I am proud to be among those who have taken an after-supper walk with them!

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