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Written by Janet Mendenhall - Valley View Friendship House

We Need Twelve Hugs A Day and Communion

The dinner table has been on my mind lately, even more than usual. Gathering at the table is important to me. Family dinners are some of my favorite memories; both as a child and a parent. Our family dinners have shrunk in size from 11 to 4 over the last few months as our three adult children and their families have left to find their fortunes in the bigger-than-Abilene world.

Ironically, we have become more intentional in the planning and executing of family dinners now. We want to make sure we are all there, if at all possible, or the long table feels even longer. And emptier. Also, it is actually possible to satisfy all of the four remaining Mendenhalls, even with our varied tastes...