In the 1950s ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s we all sat down at the table to eat at dinner time.
What is the difference between dinner and supper?
Supper is a light evening meal – served in early evening if dinner is at midday or served late in the evening after an early-evening dinner. Either way, it is regarded as the last meal of the day. Dinner is the main meal of the day, served either in the evening or at midday.
Faithfully I tried to have dinner on the table every evening for my family but life happened. Husband worked late, kids at their games or a friends, and it disintegrated from there. We ate later or the kids weren’t hungry as they ate at their friends. Finally Husband just took his dinner when he got home from work and everyone else ate when ever.
The kitchen table became the dumping ground for mail,keys,phones,and whatever else needed a place. Once a week it got sorted to use for Sunday dinner.
My own children today don’t eat at the table in their own homes. Sad really because it is such a wonderful time when the family is all together we can laugh and joke and tell each other about our day. Instead I found myself having to talk to my children and make sure they ate which of course took more time. Not that I’m complaining but I was busy too.
On Sundays I would have a sit down dinner. Went to a special effort to make a good meal with dessert for everyone to enjoy. If anyone dropped by they were invited too.
Picture above from The Practical Cook
Unless you’re entertaining no one really bothers with dishes or silverware. All my children know how to use a knife and fork and know how to set a table but it’s become old fashioned. They will however have this skill if ever needed and maybe they will impress someone.