We took my Grandson out for his evening meal. Sometimes we do this ad hoc and he's very talkative, likes the individual attention (three younger siblings )and the change of routine.
He very politely, with a big grin, asked me "do you know you're holding your knife and fork in the wrong hands".
He holds his the American way, fork in right hand. That makes the knife, in his left hand, a little superfluous and awkward.
I've been noticing lately that children don't use a knife and fork the way I and perhaps Gransnetters were taught.
He also gave me a tip that peas are a lot easier when scooped up with the fork and why do I balance them on the top of the prongs. Well because my Grandmother told me it was the way to do it, sign of good breeding she said She was very old fashioned, she brought me up.
Is this how we lose our knowledge of daily habits?
Has civilised eating gone for some families?
Do these rules/habits/routines make up the fabric of our society?
Do you think far more serious things may be changing forever?
His Father, my son, had "etiquette" for the want of a better word drilled into him as a normal expectation.
We all sat at the table, no one started eating until we were all ready, etc.
We weren't unusual and this wasnt long ago, only the eighties and nineties.
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