Do you ever get the chance to enjoy a slow, leisurely meal? Savoring every bite while participating in pleasant conversation with friends or family? This special time is known as dining.
COVID-19 pandemic, with health uncertainty prevailing, the specialness
of carving out time to dine in our busy schedules has all but
disappeared. People have become saturated with routines at home, and
some have written that they have abandoned dining together as anything
special at all.
Protocol guidelines for meals, otherwise known as table manners, grew out of human sociality. In honor of celebrating the uniquely human ability to draw people to one setting to "break bread" together, perhaps the re-application of changing things up is in order.
If you have children in your family, consider drawing them into your scheme of making a meal really special. Alone, or with them, here is a beginning list of suggestions.
Take time to create your own mealtime traditions with your family and, as soon as possible again, your friends. Your family might enjoy practicing both the American and Continental styles of dining. One of the conversation topics you might add to the bowl is, "Why is it a good thing to learn the proper way to use your dining tools?"
A couple of basic guidelines to get into the habit of making a special time to dine are:
Mealtime has evolved to the extent that our lifestyles have evolved. What has not changed is our need for learning and expressing ourselves with courtesy in the company of others. The best way to feed this need, and our bodies, is taking the time to dine in a convivial atmosphere.
Please share with me some of your experiences of making time to dine. I'd love to hear from you.