The Habit of Listening; Learning Through Serving
The Habit of Listening – Learning Through Serving
One day last week when we were anticipating Paul coming home for lunch the boys and I set the table for two, laid out an assortment of foods in the kitchen (including two types of cheese, crackers, chicken salad, blueberries, sprouts, hummus and tortillas), dressed the boys up in suits, and gave them a quick run down on what waiters do. Oh. And I scrubbed their hands clean. I knew they would soon be all over our food.
When Paul arrived home the two of us quickly dressed up all fancy and our boys escorted us to our seats at the dining room table. The boys then took our lunch order and would run back and forth between the dining room and kitchen and back to the dining room filling our orders.
Our lunch order went something like this; “Can I please have two blueberries on my plate. And once the two blueberries are on my plate could you fill my cup with water and then could you please bring me three more blueberries.” We made sure our orders were specific so that they needed to closely listen to what we were saying.
The boys did an excellent job of listening to our lunch orders and fulfilling them with joy and giggles. I did keep a small plate of food in the kitchen just for them to munch from and that kept them entertained and their tummies happy in between serving our table.
Paul and I really enjoyed our lunch with the cutest waiters in the world serving us, and the boys really enjoyed the responsibility they had been giving of serving us lunch. The concept of listening was such a natural part of this activity, and the activity itself was so unique and fun for a Wednesday lunch time that it left the boys feeling like we’d played a fun game and they have asked several times for us to play this again!! And I think we will – only next time Paul and I will serve them.
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