Dinnertime with Teens: a Poem

Table for oneAn hour or so ago,

the family was here.

We ate and talked of school and politics, movies and summer plans.

Someone told a joke. Someone laughed. Someone got mad.

Everyone loaded the dishwasher.

 

It was the type of dinner I imagined

back when mealtime meant

sippy cups, peas thrown from highchairs,

and cut-off sandwich crusts.

 

They’ve scattered now.

Someone’s reading, someone’s biking, someone’s online.

Alone in the kitchen, I sponge the table and try not to think about the future,

when family dinner will be a thing for holidays, at best.

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About Mary Rowen

My novel LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner) is about music and obsession, and LIVING BY EAR focuses on divorce and following your passions. I live in the Boston area with my family, cat, and dog.
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8 Responses to Dinnertime with Teens: a Poem

  1. judithworks says:

    So true, so true

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  2. jan says:

    Cherish those moments Mary! A lovely poem to remember them forever! Love it!

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  3. Sarah Monsma says:

    Ah, poignant, Mary! I find my mind straying there, too, these days.

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  4. Mary Rowen says:

    Thanks, Sarah. I hear you. Time is flying 😦

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  5. MarinaSofia says:

    Ah, enjoy those moments! Our mealtimes usually consist of ‘yeugh, that looks yucky! I’m not eating that’ and imitating Minions or talking about Minecraft and being silly – the younger generation – and no, they are not that young, they just act like it. So none of the conversations I envisaged some day we were going to have… Ah well, a few more years to go and hope!

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