"There is nothing like good conversation to make you digest your dinner
and feel charity towards all."
Andrew Nelson Lytle in A Wake for the Living
Yes, I'm back on the subject of conversation at mealtimes. No, I'm not ranting this time like I did in an earlier post here! This time I'm just singing a pean to good conversation, anytime but especially at mealtimes. Maybe it's been on my mind since we've recently had visits from our children who don't live near us, and those visits meant such good times around the breakfast and dinner table. This post is just a celebration of that and perhaps a teeny bit of a cautionary tale to anyone who might need a wakeup call in this area.
R.H. has tried so many times to get a good shot of this "commissioned" painting our daughter-in-law Wallace did for me. It is one of my treasures. Are you able to read the lovely words that are raised on it? It reads:
"Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach;
good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest."
This is not a post where I'm going to go on and on.............
This post is just a celebration of all the good talks a family or a family and their guests can have to turn a good meal into a great meal. I can hear you all now, at your barbecues this summer or at lazy Saturday morning breakfasts, enjoying the art of conversation...........
"My favorite method of entertaining, however, if I could accomplish it would be to have a few people to dinner one night each week, with talk and more talk following,
around the fire.
The whole delicate, fiery, life-making art of conversation is dying fast.
If I had nothing else to do I would stump the country advocating 'conversation clubs.'
Intelligent people everywhere need to get together and talk."
Agnes Sligh Turnbull (1939)
My hand is cupped to my ear? You are talking, aren't you?