Thursday, January 31, 2008

Table Manners

Our family dinner time is a casualty of my and Diane's (mostly my) abnormal work schedule. At most we sit down to dinner together as a family three nights a week, and that's a stretch. And I blame any inadequacy of table manners on this disturbing yet unavoidable trend. Even so, Diane and I are doing our best to teach our girls appropriate table behavior, and to some it might seem we're fighting a losing battle.

Now I'm not sure how this happened, but our dining room set seems to have this mystical power over the girls' digestive systems. Or perhaps it's merely the relaxing nature of family dinner time that loosens their bowels. Or maybe they just like taking advantage of that hard wooden surface resting against their butt cheeks. Regardless of the reason, it seems like dinner time has become synonymous with gastrointestinal relief time. It got so bad that I finally had to make a decree: "If you girls have to fart, leave the room!" Well that backfired as well (hee hee) because even more disruptive than table-toots are two giggling girls frequently rushing into the den to make their gaseous deposits.

The other night it all came to a head and I was forced to amend my decree: "If you have to fart, don't! Just hold it in until after dinner!" That's what I do, and I don't think it's too much to ask of my girls.

We proceeded with dinner, and all was going well when Kyra tapped me on the shoulder. "Daddy, may I please be excused?" I was impressed by her manners, but was also puzzled because her plate was nearly full.

"Why? You're not done eating, are you?"

"No," she leaned in and whispered, "I have to fart."

At least she asked politely. That's half the battle.

2 comments:

The Beast Mom said...

So who's in the coffin? Any theories? Someone left a comment on my blog saying they think it's BEN. Ick.

-bm

the battered ham said...

Before last night's premiere I thought that Ben was in the coffin. Now I'm leaning more towards Locke, especially since he and Jack had the falling out that divided the survivors of Oceanic 815. I think that would explain Kate's hardness of heart concerning his death (as he continually sabotaged their attempts to leave the island) as well as Jack's mounting grief at the thought that Locke was right...they weren't supposed to leave. They ended up being rescued and it cost Locke his life.

That's my theory and I'm stickin' to it.