Lemon Asparagus Orzo! *************** @zach_ace and I continue to grow more unified as a team, and one of the most challenging and important facets of our life together is the dynamic with his children.
Z and I grew up in households that were polar opposites of one another so we are able to bring many varied viewpoints to the table which have proved to be enlightening for us both. What could easily cause a great divide between two people, has allowed us to communicate on a deeper level and made us stronger.
A few months back, we ceased eating out and allowing processed foods. I began planning every weekend's menu and spending Saturday cooking for the entire weekend.
Our meals begin with an unplugged family dinner on Saturday. That's right. No electronics. No tv. No smartphones. No gaming. Just family sitting and talking together sharing a meal.
Do the kids always like what is set in front of them? Nope. Are they expected to eat it anyway? Yep. But, that in itself presents a multitude of lessons and opportunities for personal growth -- the most important being to be thankful and grateful for a nutritious, hot, homemade meal, while thousands of children in our own city starve -- let alone the millions in the world.
Is it pleasant to have a stand-off over a pile of vegetables or a new food with a child? Absolutely not. It's downright frustrating and exhausting, but the hope is that the lessons -- the larger picture -- will make an impression and help the child mature into a grateful, respectful, conscientious adult. And isn't that what patenting is about?
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