With people at work, and children out with friends, sitting together with family round the table is probably seen as a long ago relic of the past.
For us, it used to be a case of whatever you were doing, you had to stop whatever activity you were doing and be sat round the table for 2pm for Sunday dinner.
Dad was under strict instructions to be back from his Sunday lunchtime pint by then, us small people had to ditch the friends and be round the table.
Fast forward twenty years or so, and we still try to keep it relevant.
At least a few times a week, we’ll sit round the table together and have a meal.
Telly off, no, we’re not answering the phone as we’re having our dinner, and absolutely no games consoles or gadgets/toys at the table.
Just old fashioned ‘get on with your dinner’ and a bit of conversation thrown in.
Where else are you going to find out what your children did at school that day?
If they’re anything like mine, when I pick them up from school and ask:
“What did you do at school today, anything good?”
I usually get the answer “can’t remember” back, or “not much.”
They seem to remember more round the table, or at least feel like offering information up more easily!
They both help to set the table properly. Knives and forks are to be held correctly, and no elbows on the table. Please and thank you as well if you want anything passing to you.
Are we old fashioned or does anyone else like to do the same, and think it’s important to instil manners?