My bunch absolutely cannot do without community. We love family time, but getting together with friends—where the moms can share, the kids can play, and the dads can bond—is a must. Hanging with our Moe’s gang on Kids Eat Free night gets me through the hump in the middle of the week.
Although we arrive separately in our own time, we leave en masse and always after closing time. If the weather’s warm the conversation moves outside, where the kids play football, frisbee, or whatever in the parking lot.
Tonight my 6- and 8-year-old daughters sat at a table with a little girl and her mother. When I introduced myself, I found that these were friends made at Moe’s on another evening; the girls didn’t know each other from anywhere else, but they sat together for supper.
No one cooks. No one cleans. Just breathe and let friendships germinate.
The manager of our local Moe’s told me he hoped that after visiting restaurants in other parts of the country, we’d return to say that his location—our location—was best. While others may have been bigger or better situated, nothing compares to being where everyone knows your name.
Does your family have community? What can you do to foster it?
Our Road Trip to Relevant was made possible by sponsorship from: