I knew a young lady, once upon a time, who was highly intelligent and dynamic. Well, she ended up marrying a guy who brought his own built-in family (two kids) with him. Anyway, we three grown-ups were friends â€” for a while, anyway.
Which brings me to the topic of cooking, food and mealtimes. As I was an occasional guest at the home of those mentioned above, I noticed a big change at my friend Debby's (that's right) dinner table: no talking. She'd always been a font of interesting conversation at supper, but after "I do!" it was all eating and no talking.
Prince Charming would sternly announce, whenever either of his kids said something, "NO TALKING! JUST EAT! THE DINNER TABLE IS FOR EATING, NOT TALKING!" Well, of course, nobody spoke â€” neither adults nor children. I found this scenario to be ignorant, impolite and rude; but Debby acted as if such behavior was perfectly all right.
So, what's with this "No talking at dinner!" jive? Like, isn't that one of the major reasons to have one's family gathered around a table? For the life of me, I can't fathom a mind which rejects communication â€” especially at mealtimes. And I don't understand either how or why a perfectly intelligent person would go along with such a heavy-handed and inhumane tactic.
I brought the matter up with Debby one day. Guess what? No more invitations to their home! Where, oh where, do these gals find these guys? And why?