On Dining At Table

Some of the most important conversations I’ve ever had occurred at my family’s dinner table.” Bob Ehrlich

When I was growing up, my family ate dinner at the table every night, except for the occasional Sunday supper of toast-and-tea in front of 50/50.
Our parents both worked full day, and it was one of our chores to cook dinner and set the table, and we took turns doing it.
There was no TV (and back then there were no cellphones), and if we had friends over they were invited to join us at table.
And table manners were imperative – no eating before everyone was seated, elbows off, both your knife and your fork were to be used, no talking with your mouth full, and no leaving the table without asking to be excused. You asked for the salt to be passed to you and you didn’t slurp your spagetti.

Comedy has always been important in my family. If you got in a good joke at the dinner table, it meant more than almost anything else.” Isla Fisher

A few months ago, my mommy and daddy darling gave me a wooden table. This particular table was used as a desk by my Ouma Jean when she was employed by Cullinan, and when she left Cullinan my daddy darling used it as a desk. And for a long time now its been used by my folks on their stoep- but it didn’t do well outside…
Then when we moved into this house I lost a lot of the kitchen work space I’d had before, so my folks said I could have the table!

20131201_084525_small I don’t have proper dining chairs yet, and I intend to buy some mis-matched wooden chairs over time but we’re using the table every night!

I’ve never been to a dinner party where everyone at the dinner table didn’t say something funny.” Lorrie Moore

When my knucklehead was a little boy, we had a dining room table and chairs, and we ate at the table, but we haven’t had one for a long time.
There was no question from the knucklehead when the table arrived and we started eating dinner at the table, and he remembers most of the etiquette he was taught growing up.
And the other day a friend of his was visiting and when he said he would like to eat, the knucklehead joked that he would have to talk about his day when he sat at the table with us!

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.” Richard Whately

I am loving having the table, and our little family eating at the table. Its almost as if the people seated at the table can’t help but have a conversation!
I didn’t realise as much while it wasn’t happening, but I’ve actually missed it.

Do you eat dinner at the table?

6 thoughts on “On Dining At Table

  1. I love sitting around the dinner table i igrew up doing that with my family and we are still very close knit family-our partners dont quiet understand the bond but any they also dont get the buzz at the table or the way our conversations can change so quickly. we do have a dining table at home but unfortunately doesnt get used as often as id like (mostly used by the kids for homework,arts and crafts

  2. I love eating at a proper table! We hardly ever did that growing up – it was TV dinners every night.

    We have a little table that Nicola and I sometimes sit at, and then a nice big one outside that we use when the weather allows, now and then we also do a TV dinner – so I guess we mix it up quite a bit. Table manners is definitely an area that needs a bit of tweaking still. My pink terrororist seems to be unable to eat and sit still at the same time. The moment she pops something in her mouth she’s on her feet…or sometimes on the table.
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  3. I really wish we had a dining room or a table 🙁 Rudi HATES eating on his lap and eats at a table whenever we are somewhere that there is one available, even if it is outside! I really want to raise my kids around a dinner table. I hope we will be able to have this in the future.
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  4. Absolutely. Dinner is the one time of the day when we can all be together without distractions and interference from any outside factors. And I think it’s important for the kids to learn how to behave at the table. It also allows us to keep a close eye on their appetites, as this is usually one of the first indicators when one of them is not feeling well…

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