Is with a friend!!
Tom and I have always playfully disagreed about what a mealtime is really about. Many times I am just starting my plate of food only to look over and see Tom sitting there completely finished and his plate scraped clean. I am always amazed and when I comment on it the response is always the same.
“The purpose of eating, is to eat, not to socialize. You are so busy talking that your food gets cold. When I sit down to eat – I eat! When I’m done eating then I will talk.”
It’s become a joke around here. I guess it’s true. I think it is a difference between men and women. Men really are in the conquering mode and we are in the nurturing one. They sit down to conquer that big bad plate of food and we women see it as an opportunity to bond and catch up on life.
For Tom’s sake I must say that this is not always the norm with him. In fact, I think over the years he has started talking more during mealtimes. If we go on a date. . .well, he’s a wonderful date! I think it’s because that’s the “purpose” of that meal – to talk.
So this morning I had to laugh when I saw that my baby girl decided to take her breakfast to another level in the kitchen. She needed some company and found a friend to share it with. Just another tally mark for my theory!!
So how is it in your family?? Do you men out there like to talk a lot at the typical dinnertime meal at home? Or do you mainly eat? I’m curious.