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We don't pine away for home cooked breakfast or lunch. It's dinner that's the object of our desire. Ditto, when dating. Breakfast or lunch date? Hmm. Remember this Seinfeld sketch?


 Whether it's repaying someone's kindness, date night, dating or a blind date--dinner's the hot ticket.

When my family's scattered throughout the house, I'm guilty of sending a text like this, "Dinner!" That says it all. Dinner, plus exclamation point, translates, I've labored over this meal. Get your butt in here to the table. Time for dinner.

Whether indoors or out:

Of all the meals, dinner's the heavy weight, in so many ways. Sometimes it comes along with the setting sun. Inevitably, after work is done we eat dinner. I try to block out 5 pm until 7 pm. Keeping that time period free from interviews or appointments if possible...and then, what the heck; with my belly and soul filled, the rest of the evening is awash from those types of activities as well.

Time to relax, download about the day, up until that point, connect; and for some, to argue. All this takes place with the backdrop of dinner.

I hear dinnertime is on the down slide. Sports practices, piano lessons, tutoring, late night work. I say,  no.  With or without the unnecessary exclamation point, dinner is still the thing.

Notes on my Theme:
This post is written for the 2015 A to Z Challenge. During this challenge, participating bloggers post once a day, in alphabetical order. This is done 6 days per week. Sundays are off. My theme presents words that are exciting. These words serve as thematic motifs in my writing. My theme also revolves around exclamation points. The words I've chosen to explore can replace or stand alone from the dreaded exclamation point, which writers are urged to avoid.


  1. I 100% agree with you. There are only two of us but we sit down to dinner at the table every night. Sometimes we have dinner guests, like tonight, and that is the important part of our day.

  2. I do remember that Seinfeld sketch. I love the picture of your family sitting at the dinner table and your texting techinque to telling everyone that dinner is ready. Cute!

    1. Hilarious isn't it Chrys? I've seen it many times and it still makes me chuckle. Dinner is dinner though isn't it?

  3. Since my kids were babies, we've eaten dinner at the table - apart from Chinese takeaway, which automatically is eaten on our laps (weird we've made that distinction!) The cry of "Table!" get them running - but the exclamation mark is still there :-)

    I love this theme, and I'll be back to hear more!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

    1. Thanks Annalisa. I enjoy your posts as well!

  4. So nice to see a familiar name from last year's A to Z! I love that you text about dinner. I might need to try that.


    1. Enjoying your posts this year too. Thanks for stopping by Yvonne.

  5. Great post Stephanie thanks! It's so special when we're together as a family at the table.

  6. That dinner looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. You're welcome. Glad you like the photos.

  7. dinner time is special hour in our family too... :)

    1. Thanks Pratikshya Mishra. Nice that we share that in common.

  8. I have to work my dinners around my daughter's dance schedule - she's there 5-9pm 3 days a week (and Sundays) so I'll make those nights we're all home together more special.
    Great theme (I like exclamation points!) and thanks for stopping by to see me!

    ...Slow & Steady
    Tales from the Love Shaque

    1. Yes, I remember those scheduling challenges well.


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