Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Years ago, in home economics class, we students learned how to set a pleasant table. We were told that dining together as a family was an experience. We felt that it was an essential part of family values. The table didn't have to be fancy, but the basic elements were there:
Plates, silverware, a napkin at each place, cups, and serving bowls in the center.
I've noticed that families are using paper plates on a regular basis. Here is the problem:
- They tend to make people eat more. Why? Because we eat quickly. Paper plates are for fast and easy meals.
When we sit together and dine at the table, the meal goes slower. We visit with one another, smile and enjoy the food. We tend to eat less. The experience is savored and enjoyed.
Our society loves paper plates because no one wants to clean. The plates are a modern substitute, creating a fast food environment. Something is wrong when we are too busy to sit down together as a family to enjoy the blessing of food.
Are paper plates wrong? Certainly not. But they should be reserved for emergencies, when someone is ill, occasional dining, or for picnics. Paper plates should be the rare exception, not the common rule.
What if you have a busy schedule and cannot find time to sit together? Does that mean you have to use paper plates? (gentle smiles) How about setting the table, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with real dishes and enjoying the meal with whoever happens to be there. Meal times are commonly at specific times and should be an expected routine. This helps keep order and security in the home.
Dine alone, at times, if you must, but please use real plates. (gentle smiles)
Be comforted - Mother's Silent Influence in the Home.
A Precious Hymn - Be thou My Vision.
The meaning of Sitting Alone at the Kitchen Table.
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