We realized how special our family dinners we when each of us moved away from home. When we would come for a visit the thing we always wanted was a family dinner.
What made the family dinners so special was the stories. The "did I ever tell you about the time" stories that we all knew, practically by heart, but laughed each time until we were out of breath. Not all of the stories were funny, in fact some were "life lessons" on leadership, respect, honor, and persistence. These were the stories that formed our values.
I want that for my son. I want him to have stories he knows by heart and yet finds funny every time. I want him to know the stories I know of his grandparents. I want him to have stories of his own to tell.