There is something here in California (and possibly the whole of the US) that really annoys me.
When eating at a restaurant the servers take away plates before everyone has stopped eating. There are some basic rules, and this one is the most fundamental, you do not clear anything from the table (unless requested) before everyone at the table has finished eating. I know it doesn’t sound much but this is a big deal, it’s basic manners. As basic as not starting until everyone’s food is on the table.
This runs deeper than just manners, learning basic manners at the dinner table then translates into your adult life. In England we are seeing a huge shift from the family meal around a dinner table, with all the social interaction that this brings, towards the unsociable and paralyzing TV dinner. This is a contributor towards the receding family social cohesion being seen all over the world.
Both me and my wife agree that when we have children we will do as John F Kennedy did as a child; Selected Local and World news will be put up on the refrigerator which our children will read and then we can talk about it over dinner. Easier said than done.
I feel that not only is a healthy nutritional diet necessary for a healthy child but also, a healthy and well rounded social life filled with a wide view of the world and not the 5 mile radius of the house.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table
– Ronald Reagan
I feel that eating together brings such a sociably pleasurable experience which can bring people and families together and teach children valuable life lessons. As children learn primarily from their parents it is them that should act like adults and be sociably responsible for the future.
I am so passionate about this that i can go on forever, i will write more about this soon.