The simple joys of washing dishes and setting the table are never lost to me. After years of running across the street to Grandmother's house on Sunday afternoons to set the table, I still think it's the best. I guess some lessons you never have to ask for. They just present themselves to you, come naturally. For example, Grandma teaching you how to put the knifes and forks in the right places. You don't have to ask, she just does it. She might notice your mistake and correct you, but you didn't come to her house for an official table setting lesson. You came to spend time with Grandma. The valuable lesson is just part of the package.
The same is the case with watching your mom make a school lunch; watching her spread the peanut butter just so, setting a crisp, shiny apple in your lunch tin, along with carrots, crackers, and the occasional chocolate chip cookie. Your mom didn't tell or ask you to watch and learn. But you did anyway. The lesson presents itself in the form of a mother's common sense and love. I guess these lessons come mostly in the kitchen to me for some reason...but they can come in every form. Subtle things people do, social habits and expectations, things you just...know. You don't remember learning them outright, and yet you have a legitimate knowledge of them. This learning by example is such an important part of our lives today; our family lives, our social lives, and our personal lives. Without the good examples of others, how can we expect to live the life we have been taught? How can we be a good example to out future generations?