Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime Sarah Smiley

ISBN: 9781410463685

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549 pages


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Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime  by  Sarah Smiley

Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime by Sarah Smiley
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Fifty-two guests take turns filling a military fathers chair at his familys dinner table while he serves his yearlong deployment. The week before Thanksgiving 2011, Dustin Smiley left for a yearlong military deployment. Soon after, his son Ford,MoreFifty-two guests take turns filling a military fathers chair at his familys dinner table while he serves his yearlong deployment. The week before Thanksgiving 2011, Dustin Smiley left for a yearlong military deployment. Soon after, his son Ford, eleven, invited Senator Susan Collins to fill his dads chair at dinner.

On January 3, 2012, Senator Collins came to dinner ... and brought brownies.So began Dinner with the Smileys, nationally syndicated columnist Sarah Smileys fifty-two-week commitment to fill her husbands place at the family dinner table with interesting people--from schoolteachers to Olympians, professional athletes to famous authors, comedians to politicians--and unique role models for her three sons, even as she knows Dustins seat cannot truly be filled until he is home again for the fifty-third dinner.Why dinner? Because dinnertime is often the loneliest time for people living alone.

If houses and apartments were like dollhouses with one side totally exposed, Sarah says, wed see plenty of people eating alone to the glow of a television.That was the fate Sarah feared for herself and her children during Dustins absence.

So she opened her home, and she and the kids sent invitations. And they found that a surprising number of people really are available for dinner. You just have to ask.In a time when popular culture leads us to believe that the family dinner table is dead, Dinner with the Smileys shows people that time spent with family, friends, and neighbors is still very much part of the American lifestyle.



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