Family Dinner

So I did a little house cleaning this weekend and rediscovered a kitchen table in our tiny apartment. It’s been years since I’ve sat there to eat a meal or even acknowledged its presence. At mealtime we always seem to gravitate to the couch like two zombies carrying plates of food. Then we pop in a movie or browse the TV options on Netflix to entertain ourselves. We’ve gone through episodes of The X Files, Star Trek, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Murder She Wrote (although Sebastien usually complains when I put that on). We probably have enough TV reruns on Netflix to get us through the first ten years of marriage.

But now that we have this clean table, I’m thinking we should get into the habit of dinnertime conversation. At least I think that’s what married couples do. I can’t imagine why though,  because we already spend enough time talking to one another. We talk about the news over weekend coffee, go on long rants about various political figures or scifi films while strolling through the park and talk about history all through vacations together. Our nighttime pillow talk gets pretty steamy too, and either centers on ways to fix the U.S. healthcare system or the next step in our plan to take over the world.

So with all this talking going on what more could we possibly say to one another? We’ve never been into romantically gazing into one another’s eyes or any form of cooing and I would lose my appetite real quick if that ever happened. So what else is there?

In anticipation for the future, I’ve come up with a list of topics of discussion, just in case we find ourselves at a loss for words.

-Why aren’t submarines a more popular mode of transportation?

-What’s the difference between a legume and a vegetable?

-Isn’t it interesting that there’s no banana flavored gum?

-Do you think that Garfield is an inferior TV cat?

-Why don’t they chop the salad for you in restaurants?

Seven more months until the wedding so I think that’s a good start.

Your suggestions for dinnertime topics of conversation are greatly appreciated.

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About JadedBride

Amy Kraft is a print and radio journalist based in New York. Her work has appeared in publications including Scientific American, Discover, Popular Science, The Week, Psychology Today, and Distillations, a podcast out of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She is currently working on a book of humor essays. View all posts by JadedBride

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