By Karen Ciano of QUINCY LANE.
Are we losing the old fashioned dining etiquette, either when dining out or with the family at home?
Do you sit to eat dinner as a family at the table at night? Do you have a tablecloth & set the table? Are you mobiles turned off, or on silent at least, the television turned off?
My husband always had a little set of rules, when dining out, which I think people wouldn’t dream of, all these years later. The major ‘rule’ for him, was & still is, if there’s a tablecloth, your mobile phone is switched off! Obviously all the high end restaurants have tablecloths, so phones off! Could you imagine that nowadays? Now I feel extremely old! There wasn’t any social media then, we didn’t need to ‘check in’ or snap & post a photo of what we were eating! We simply enjoyed it & each other’s company.
If we did need to have a mobile on us, it was away in a pocket or a bag, on silent, and we excused from the table to take the call. We obviously didn’t need to be contactable by babysitters back then either!We don’t actually have a dining table at home at the moment, due to lack of space. So all our formal & old fashioned values I’d like to pass onto our children go out the window at home. We eat later then our 2 1/2 year old, due to busy lives. He is also a fussy eater, so I try to distract him with the television.
I guess in all honesty, a mix of the old & the new is what suits our busy lifestyles & we all do what we need to get through, right?