Adrian and I have been having an on-going discussion on the importance of eating supper at the table vs. at the couch, with tv tables, in front of the boob tube. As you might have guessed I am for eating at the table.
I say we should eat there because its a chance to re-connect after the day. One day the kids are going to be grown, and be too busy to talk to us. They also need to learn how to conduct themselves properly at the table. And a person is more likely to overeat if you eat in front of the tv.
Adrian says that he’s tired after a long day and just wants to relax when he gets home.
This discussion sometimes gets…passionate…but for the most part has been light hearted. So far, we’ve compromised. Mom-Fri at the table, and the weekends at the couch. He’s not happy about it, though.
I’ve been wondering if his family ate at the table while he was growing up. He said that they didn’t, and I’ve been meaning to ask his mom (mum), but I keep forgetting. Yesterday, we were both on the phone with her at the same time and the question popped into my head so, I asked her. She says they ate at the table. Then Adrian reminds her that when they owned the post office they didn’t, and then when they moved to the new house they often didn’t. She counters that they did sometimes, and goes on to say she thinks it’s important to sit at the table. I point out my (very intelligent) reasons why we should sit there, and she agrees. Adrian says he’s tired after work and he doesn’t want to, and because I’m forcing him to do it I’m taking away the benefits…and the argument continues. Oh dear. I did NOT mean for that to happen. Poor Mary. I quickly work to change the subject. I just might have to phone and apologize to her today. She did say, though, that I shouldn’t make a big deal about it, and just enjoy it when it happens.
Since I’ve already dragged my poor mother-in-law into this friendly debate, I might as well drag you into it, too. 😉
Am I making too big a deal about it?
Do you sit at the table for dinner? Why or why not?
Please be assured that I will not mention your name in any upcoming discussions. 🙂 Be aware that I many not keep your comments posted if you don’t agree with me…I’m just kidding, of course…