It is a Saturday evening and my family have not yet had supper. I was upstairs surfing the web on my laptop, my spouse and one child were downstairs watching Green Lantern and the fourth of the household is out. Sorry…I left out the dog who is sitting on the back of the couch watching the world go by. When the movie came to an end we decided we should get supper. On went the oven and in went a frozen tortierre (a kind of French Canadian meat pie). I set the timer and now have just about 30 minutes to wait for supper.
This kind of quick cook meal is, unfortunately, all too common in our household! I don’t even think it is because we are so busy, I was just killing time with the surfing, I could have chosen to put together a homemade and balanced meal. I didn’t!
I wonder if anyone has done studies to see if people of my vintage (the end of the baby boom) are more or less likely to make meals like our parents did? OK, like our mothers did! Don’t get me wrong, I love food! I’m just not very keen to go to the thought, planning, and execution involved in meals like Mum makes. We will have some raw veggies with the pie and perhaps end up with a yogurt or fruit .
The other thing I wonder, or have a sneaking suspicion about, is whether that desired convenience, and the tidiness of no mess from preparation is what my generation wants from everything in our lives. Even more-so, what have we set our kids up to expect? We want to believe in something, but it has to be tied up in a neat little package which doesn’t leave us with any issues or controversies. I have some acquaintances who have chosen atheism for their parcel, with its nice neat there is no God answer to all questions.
I have chosen Christianity despite its confusing divisions of denominations, worship styles, and ways of interpreting the Bible. Our nice neat package? Um…a rather messy crucifixion and a controversial rising from the dead. We are very good at making a mess of things, but through Christ’s death and resurrection our package has been prepared!