"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

6.2.13

Dinner: Simple Living Idea

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"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." 

This quote adorns the front of this blog and it was said to me while visiting Italy when I was 14 years old. My sister and I were having dinner at a tiny restaurant in Florence that consisted of one big table. All guests sat together and shared the meal.

My sister wanted to get going... the meal was taking too long. She had things she wanted to do...

My sister is an American. We are busy, we are productive... we are active and sometimes we forget to just sit down at dinner and relax.

Really enjoy the food....

Really enjoy and connect with the company...

and for an hour or two forget about what we need to do and 

instead be in the moment.



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15 comments:

  1. It's so true! There's this cute little Italian restaurant in Salt Lake that serves family style. You only order one or two dishes, and then pass them around the table. It was a very enjoyable meal, and a great time reconnecting with family.

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    1. Isn't it so sad that we need to be reminded as a culture to share a meal, but so many families just drive thru the window on their way to where ever, never stopping to eat and connect with each other.

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  2. I agree too! I want to eat at that table. This is so my comfort food.
    My link party is going on, pop on over.

    Wanda Ann @ http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/

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    1. Thanks for the invitation. I visited. Is it every week?

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  3. I read this short Post mid-week, Diane, and I have to share this with you. For the past 6 months, since Michael died, there has been lots of discussion about him - through letters, telephone calls, personal discussions, and during eulogies at his Celebration of Life Service. It's never been discussed how important or non-important Michael was, how many Boards he sat on or organizations he belonged to, how much money he made or didn't make, life's accomplishments-of-sort. What has always been discussed and what all our friends both near and far want to talk about are the good times they've enjoyed around Michael's table, at celebrations or festivities. On and on and on about that. Michael was a fabulous host and personable guy who never knew a stranger. We always ate dinner as a family and, when our kids were in college, he would have shared his meals with friends every night if I would have allowed it. Damn, that man exhausted me. He was not much of a talker (that was my role) but loved to sit back and enjoy the conversation. As I've said over and over again, that's what I miss the most now that he is gone. So, your quote is spot-on and I don't intend to go into the bedroom side of things right now!!!!!

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    1. I'm laughing at your last statement. It doesn't seem any one has gone there either, us Americans we are such prudes. Thank you Mary so much for sharing about your husband. I wish I had gotten to have dinner with him. I like people who listen. It really is so simple... just love and eat with those you care about.

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  4. This reminds me of a book I read recently. The title was something about It's about Who's Around the Table. I wish I could remember it exactly.

    We're guilty of rushing dinner, especially during the week when we have evening activities. Would it be nice to start Sunday dinner at 3 and finish a few hours later?

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    1. Sunday dinner at 3 until is how I grew up with extended family that lived next door. I didn't realize how lucky I was.

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  5. Oh, we agree!!! SO MUCH!!! We are just too busy these days to actually enjoy what we are meant to enjoy!

    Thank you for this short but oh-so-powerful post! We will share it with our readers on FB!

    (Stopping by from Motivation Monday!)

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    1. You are very welcome and thank you for sharing it with your readers.

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  6. This is so true. I have such happy memories of long meals spent round the table, they are a real tradition in England and Europe. I found it very strange when I first came from Canada that everyone sat round for so long over so many courses, but actually it's a great way to connect. Although we rarely have multiple courses, my family and I make a point of sitting down and taking time over dinner nearly every night.

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    1. What I also like in Europe is that the table is intergenerational... it is so said in the States that kids don't talk enough with adults... especially grandparents who have so much to share and little time left to share it.

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  7. i love this post. so sweet, so true. since moving to toronto we no longer have a dinner table - there's literally no room. so bf and i eat on the couch. the trouble with that is that he INHALES his food and i'm left slowly munching away for the next half hour. at a table, he slows down. we slow down. and i miss it...

    thank you for sharing with us at the wednesday fresh foods link up! i hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real/whole food posts! xo, kristy.

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    1. My husband is a fast eater too... at a dinner table at least he will sip wine while the rest of us finish our meal. You need to get a table.. maybe a card table that you can fold up during the day?

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    2. good idea diane!

      Just a quick note that I'm featuring your post this week at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! You'll see your feature on Wednesday. Obviously ;) you're just full of great posts! :) xo!

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