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Sharing the table by Carmela D'Amore

Many cultures have utilised the time at table as a place to connect with strangers.

Its a way of meeting them while having a meal, and finding out a little about each other while sharing a meal.

What a great way of finding friends and stretching your own character, let's face it sometimes you just want to get up and leave as they might hit a nerve or their personality is way out there, so you sit it out.

A common place where we share the table, share food and find out a little about each other.

Pleasant don't you think?

Every evening meal could be shared just like that.

Turning back the clock, knowing now about life experiences, I would make the evening meal a place where we regroup, talk about our day, spend that moment with my child and see what is happening.

Not be so wrapped up in the dishes, schoolwork, clothes, tomorrows agenda and be so drained out from the days events.

Make the meal time last for my family, use this time as a regrouping hour, shutting out the days chatter and creating a sanctuary of peace from the outside world.

Making it a memorable time, creating pathways of conversation triggering the little ones in understanding that the table is our common ground where we get to share our day and the things that have been weighing our thoughts, asking each family member to assist in their own viewpoint and meeting each other in the centre.

Using the time to build and strengthen the family bond, becoming a ritual where they will continue it with their own friends and family as they grow.

Allowing each member 5 minutes to validate them, open the communication lines and liberate their voices.

How would you use your time?

Any suggestions?

Any comments on how you have created a strong family?

Carmela D’Amore

Carmela D’Amore

Carmela D’Amore is an International Sicilian chef, the daughter and granddaughter of Sicilian migrants, with over 45 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Ambassador to Sicilian food and culture, a published International author of over 3 books, currently the executive chef of Sorrento Trattoria, an Italian Restaurant situated in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.