Some things don't change for the better

Vicky Pino By Vicky Pino, 19th Apr 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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People that have grown in such family life that encouraged such lifestyle have stronger family bonds, are more disciplined and has helped them in all sort of paths of life.

Some things don't change for the better

When I was a school girl, setting the table for family meals was a rite. Mum would call us to say that lunch or supper was nearly ready and... have you set up the table? Was to follow to her cry.
It was our job whether we wanted it or not to do it. One of our queries was if we had to put spoons or not and mum didn't want to find that was something missing when all of us sat at the table.
Thus, we spread a table cloth with its matching serviettes. If there was soup or broth, we had to put spoons as well as knives and forks. We weren't perhaps so fine as to put glasses for wine and water, but everyone had to have a glass. The bread was sliced and put in a straw basket together with the salad bowl, a jug of water and a bottle of wine.
These meals were to eat and to converse as we ate. Therefore, there was no TV or radio and children were not allowed to read cartoons while they ate.
However, on these days, people eat anywhere. Either laying on the couch or sitting on the floor with a tray on their knees. A TV set reigns in every household, killing every conversation and some people even have their meals in bed as though they were sick.
Some people will claim that things change with the times, but many things and customs don't change for the better, I'd say.
When we finished eating, we had coffee or an herbal tea and adults even had a glass of brandy or anisette to help digestion. The family talked about their issues and children were asked about their school and friends.
Anyone may think that being in my 50's, I'm getting bit nostalgic of times past, but I'm not. Not a bit. I'm just recalling a past lifestyle in comparison with today's.
I've nothing against those who prefer laying on the couch or on the floor while they eat their meals with their eyes focused on a screen rather than holding a conversation with the people that shares their meal, but as I say some things don't change for the better and people like myself have grown with a stronger family bond to help them in life.

© Vicky Pino. April 19th 2016.


Adults, Children, Conversation, Meals, Radio, Table

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