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As a freshman college student many years ago, I missed home. Yes, I was making new friends and discovering what I wanted to be, but living with people my own age without adult supervision was very different from family life. It took some adjustments, and eventually I got used to it. But there were some things you just couldn’t replace with roommates or boyfriends. One of those things was family mealtime. I would eat with roommates and have groups over for food and entertainment, but nothing quite took the place of telling Mom about my day while she browned the beef and strained the pasta for Beef Stroganoff.

Now, as a newlywed, life is once again different. My husband and I are the oldest people in our home. We are the only people! Legal adults still feeling like we are playing house because we are the oldest ones here…by default to a degree. Eventually the kids will come and we will cherish the moments of eating sloppy joes without getting sloppy. Heck, we might still be eating that with the kids in years to come. Mac and cheese is still a staple in our home, half because we are still living the poor college student life. Why upgrade food brackets just because the money is there? I wanna get a house someday, even if it means sacrificing taste for a down payment.

But mac and cheese is my crutch twice over. I don’t feel like a wife unless I can cook a decent meal for both of us and we sit and eat it together. There have been lots of research into how mealtime and family structure has effected children. But did you know it also effects the mother, the wife, the traditional cook of these meals? The online magazine Slate calls it the Mac and Cheese Effect. I whole heartedly agree with its conclusions that family structure and family time benefits more than just the children. Families are essential to the human race and its survival, so why not have it joined with natural needs such as food and shelter? Before electricity, politics, and even fire, there was family and food. There was a husband and a wife…and eventually a child…and then another. It’s just good to know that after all those years, generations, and centuries of culture and custom, some scientists decided to prove what humans had known since the beginning of time. Sorta like traditional marriage. It will always be there, perpetuating the race of humankind, strengthening it one meal at a time.


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