I had a friend over for lunch. We sat at a the kitchen table and chatted for a bit. I then asked what she'd like to have for lunch. Holding the fridge open, I offered ratatouille over cornbread or a pork stir fry. Silence. I turned to look at my friend and she looked very uncomfortable. I thought she didn't like the choices so offered to make sandwiches. She looked relieved and said that would be great.
I put out various condiments and several sorts of lunch meat, sliced some tomato and cucumber, and also set out several cheeses. I picked up some cloth napkins when she told me to stop making everything so fancy, that I was making her uncomfortable. What do you mean, I asked. Well, the tablecloth and the fancy food, and the cloth napkins! she said.
I put the napkins down and tore off a couple paper towels. I sat down and made a ham and cheese roll-up. We chatted along and it seemed she had a nice time, as did I.
The thing is, we always have a tablecloth on the table. It's nothing fancy but I like keeping the wood protected. We use cloth napkins because it's economical. We always have good, home-made food in the fridge. Stir-fries are a staple around here because it's a great way to eat your veggies. I love to cook and have a teenager so there is always good food about.
I have no problem just having a sandwich but I wanted to make things nice for my friend. I laughed at the image of June Cleaver in her dress and pearls making lunch. Good thing I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
Do people think you overdo it on food and food-props like dishes, napkins, etc.?
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