About twenty sticks of suya with nice chunks of meat were on the central table in our living room last Sunday evening. There were also different types of snacks and “soft” drinks. My household had had an early dinner. Apart from my household that beautiful Sunday evening, three pastors (two of whom are couples) from our ministry were present. Two of one of our pastor’s teenage children was also there.
The suya on the central table and the drinks were shared and placed by the individual side stools while other snacks were kept on the central table where anyone could go and take to keep keeping the mouth busier. At about 8pm, all the lights in the living room were switched off. It is our weekly family movie night and for about one hour thirty minutes, people were engrossed and busy enjoying a high quality American movie with high moral contents.
Once or twice, shouts and laughter by the other people in the living room woke me up. I had dozed off. Anyway, I enjoyed the part that I watched and the fellowship with my family and those who came invited and uninvited to spend their precious evenings to with us.
We have the family movie night once or twice a week. In those early days, we could go to a cheap but neat restaurant to have some nice meals or go to a five star hotel just to share a bottle of malt drink by the swimming pool side. We know what it is like to be very busy all of the day. Despite this, we always create special times for each other and the whole family. This we do deliberately because we felt it would be unwise to give others outside our best and give each other and our children nothing but a tired spouse and a yawning and tired mummy and daddy. A study has shown that many marriages of the twenty first century may end up in a worse condition than previous ones because the time spouses spend with each other is sadly getting shorter each day and the discussions, getting more functional.
With the husband and wife rushing out to their work places and coming back tired each day, there is hardly the time and energy to communicate lovingly and build up friendship with themselves, their children and entire household. Right now our children are grown and most times we find ourselves talking and enjoying the beautiful times we all shared in the past as a family. Because of the memories we created together and the ones we still create daily, we have been able to build a strong bond of friendship.
It is good for parents to know that children remember more of past fun times and sweet memories than the school fees you paid for them and the food you labored to put on their table. No matter how busy you get, reserve your best for your spouse, children and household. Create memories. It has a way of bonding couples, their children and the entire household. Create fun. Have fun. Love you.
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