Oh how I wish that we still gathered together for dinner in the dining room every evening, Downton Abbey style…
Complete with footmen, silver trays, candelabras, stemware, silverware, cloth napkins…a sideboard filled with all the necessary accoutrements.
But, we don’t. At least, not in the Hines house. Most of the time, our dining room serves as a study/office, but I still like to have certain things close by, ready for entertaining.
So, when I was reorganizing the kitchen, I moved the cloth napkins to the dining room, since that is where we use them.
This past weekend I had my chance.
I set out the place mats then disappeared into the kitchen to wrap up dinner preparations. People started fixing their plates and making their way into the dining room when I remembered the napkins…
“You can use the napki….,” I started to announce, but stopped abruptly when I saw someone had put paper napkins at each place setting.
There went my hopes of dining Downton style.
What I was going to say, feeling so proud of myself for my clever cloth napkin storage, was that they could use the napkins in the bowl on the bookcase.
The ones that go with the place mats that were already on the table.
But, in the end it didn’t matter. People gathered and ate and went for seconds. Then, we enjoyed dessert out on the front porch.
As I sat with my family, I felt grateful for front porches and rocking chairs, blueberry cobbler and warm Spring nights…
and dining Southern style.
See you in class,