On Monday I heard my son in the kitchen say, Thank you Martin-Luther-King! I’m sure he was thinking about his day off from school, happy to be home and hanging out with friends and jamming on the piano. But I will say that our kids do know a lot about MLK! We’ve read to our children about King’s life since they were very young.
Around the dinner table that night we asked our kids how they would describe MLK, after reading an excerpt on his life from, Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, we've been reading to our kids from this book on a nightly basis this past week.
Tender-hearted and tough-minded - was the answer they came up with.
We challenged our kids
Then we asked our kids to think of the people involved in their lives, and to think of who exemplifies such characteristics?
Martin Luther King’s life exemplified courage, bravery, triumph, pain and doubts. Your life will expand or contract, depending on how courageous a person you are, we told our kids.
Our family had another reason to celebrate this past week. We celebrated the arrival of this book, as only one copy was delivered to our front door.
We are very excited for its release next month! (Update: book is now available - you can check it out on Amazon, here.)
Every night a dinner party?
No, not every night is a dinner party in our house! Monday night we had a very simple meal consisting of a frozen pizza and a large, yummy green salad!
This was our MLK dinner!
I like to stock up on our favorite pizzas, when I can get them on sale for $3 or under, for quick dinners or an easy snack for the kids.
The green stuff
We usually always have produce in our fridge, to make some kind of green salad!
Kids always love Ranch
My kids' taste buds are definitely maturing, but I always keep Ranch Dressing on hand, pouring a slight amount on, and then add olive oil and sometimes balsamic vinegar! Kids love Ranch - and I've found it's an easy way to get them to eat the green stuff!
The memory - not the food
Our kids will completely forget that their mom served frozen pizza for Martin Luther King’s day this week, but they will remember the substance of our conversation that night. And by the way, each one of our kids claimed one person who they thought to be tender-hearted and tough-minded, but in the end they all agreed there was another person who exemplified these characteristics.
And that would be their Dad!
Do you ever serve frozen pizza when you are in a pinch?
And the winner is
The winner to my Tapas Giveaway is Lisa, from The Long Road to China! I am so excited that Lisa won because not only do we each share a love for food, we’re both married to Irish men! Woo Hoo! In fact Lisa goes by, half gaelic, half garlic! Congratulations Lisa!
I also want to thank each and every one of you for your very kind comments in welcoming my new Reluctant Entertainer design! Again, Darcy accomplished exactly what I wanted – a clean, elegant, classy look. Darcy, you’re the BEST, girl!