Sunday, August 06, 2006

Let's Talk About Lunch...

Jamey (see “comments” under Bored Mom Speaks Out…) touched on something it’s easy to lose sight of in the day-to-day bustle of parenting. As she suggests, when we bring a child into this world, we take on a colossal task that has eternal implications.

After I read Jamey’s post, I returned to what the British mom had to say about the mothers with whom she associates who are “boring” and “only talk about lunch.” I reflected upon how many times I talked about lunch this past year. Quite a lot, actually. Mostly about nitrites and Trans Fats and the daily (hourly?) battle over sugar.

I also thought about who I’ve been talking to about food. Let’s see. If we did a background check on all the “boring” people I know who like to talk about lunch, we’d find a former human relations executive, a nurse, a couple doctors, a mechanical engineer, an environmental engineer, a few teachers, some ministry folks, education administrators, a few marketers, some seminary students, an entrepreneur, and on and on. Some of these people have stepped off a fast track and made certain career sacrifices to raise children. Many are now at home full-time. And they are anything but dull. They are vibrant, interesting, gifted, truly amazing people… who sometimes talk about lunch.

So, guilty as charged. We talk about lunch. Not because we are morons. But because we care about the health and wellbeing of our children and we realize that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit… and we want our kids to live long, actionable, glorious lives for Christ. So when we talk about food… we are demonstrating in no short abundance our caring and unselfish love.

I was reminded of the story relayed in the Gospels of Jesus feeding the masses. In Matthew’s account, he relates how Jesus turned five loaves of bread and two fish into a seam-busting dinner for 5,000. Before this miracle, Jesus and His disciples talked. They talked about food. His disciples perhaps feared an impending emergency as thousands of people who followed after Jesus would soon need to eat. Jesus, of course, resolved the problem in a miraculous way. Now this is not a story about satisfying physical hunger, though that was accomplished. Instead, it was a demonstration on the part of Jesus of His deity, His all-sustaining salvific power, and His love for people.

When mom’s corner each other in the halls at school to talk about lunch, it’s not because we’ve got polenta for brains. Because underlying every meal and every load of laundry and every nine o’clock run to Wal-Mart and every cheer from the stands and every run-through the weekly spelling list is a heart full of love.

And you know what? You get a couple engineers and teachers and doctors together and you just might find them talking about something else, too…


Amy Fanning said...

Does it mean I have polenta for brains if I had to look up salvific? (smile)

Sarah Onderdonk said...

my awesome professor, Dr. Glenn Kreider, used the word frequently in a theology class i took last semester.

here's the definition found in the Free Dictionary online:

sal·vif·ic (sl-vfk)

Having the intention or power to bring about salvation or redemption

Cool word, huh? Now you have a new vocabulary word for Ruby!