There’s been a sweet story that was posted today on the Huffington Post about a lovely 84 year old Canadian woman named Tinney Davidson. She and teens from a nearby school have a routine whereby she waves to them out of her window every day as they pass her home.
If you haven’t seen the video, here it is: Tinney Davidson “Waving” Video
The kids developed such an appreciation for her waving, and other charitable ways Tinney helped their community, that they gave her a sweet Valentine’s Day surprise.
This story highlighted how much emotional security this ritual provided these teens, knowing Tinney would dependably be there in the window, waiting to acknowledge each child with a loving, enthusiastic wave of her hand.
Kids of any age enjoy the comfort that comes with stability in their routine. This is one of many reasons why I believe sharing meals is such a valuable activity in our homes.
Having a time each day to gather, interact, communicate, smile, and enjoy each others’ company can bring that joyful quality that is apparent in the children in this video. This type of contentment develops from knowing that there are people who are committed to your well-being, and who acknowledge your presence every day. Just like Tinney.
It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.
Why not “wave” to the people you love every day through a shared-meal?
If you’d like to create your own shared-meal ritual, please visit my website: www.shared-meals.com.