Recently, I visited my grandson and his wife in Tennessee. As always, it is great to see your family. However, this visit took an unsuspecting turn. The matriarch of this particular clan had invited us to attend their family get-together the coming Saturday. Unbeknown to both my wife and I was the fact that the matriarch — who is called Betty — changed the date of the family gathering so my wife, my daughter and I could attend.
Let me take you through the day’s events. We were graciously greeted by Betty and her daughters. Soon the rest of the families started to arrive: brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends, etc. The count was just too many to enumerate. Now Betty had her house set up with tables in every room: the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, the den. Wherever she could place a table, she placed it.
Now picture this: the kitchen is bountiful with all kinds of food and sweets. With the help of her daughters, dinner is ready to be served. The place is buzzing with activity, conversations are going on throughout the premise at the various tables and the youngsters are all over the place doing what youngsters do. Yes, the activity is at a high pitch. Then it stops!
Why? One of the men of the family calls for silence. Then in his own words, words from his heart and soul, he asks the Lord to bless the food and bless all the people who are there. It is a very spiritual moment. All are quiet and with shuttered eyes, partake in communion with him in his prayer. It is a very touching and religious happening.
After his prayer, Betty the matriarch says, “Dinner is served!” The rooms again are alive with conversation and children playing. The lines form and everyone helps themselves to the absolute delectable southern dishes that are available. Then back to their tables the people go and spice up their dishes with more conversation.
The matriarch scans the tables to make sure everyone is pleased and to remind them that there are seconds to be had. She is a very happy woman. She knows… What it is All About Alfie!
It’s about LOVE!