good dinner mama

Granddad has a habit of clearing his throat if gushing about a meal he prepared doesn’t happen as soon as the first or second bite is enjoyed.  This throat clearing serves as our reminder to go on and on about how wonderfully talented he is in the kitchen and how we just can’t believe how perfectly everything has been prepared.  Fabulous!  Try to ignore it and it gets louder and more obvious.  He’s done it forever, as long as I can remember anyway.  It’s a joke, but an important and time-honored one.  Keta and Francine, of course, haven’t been in on the joke until recently.  Both are typically really good eaters and can’t be interrupted by a lot of exaggerated complimenting which means that often, the throat clearing goes unnoticed.  Not good.  We practiced once or twice at home so that response time improves and Granddad gets the appropriate level of enthusiasm.  How is it that it only took once or twice for Francine to learn that anytime (ANYTIME) a throat is cleared, meal time or not, the proper response is, “Good dinner Mama!” but it has been countless thousands of times we’ve practiced chewing with mouths closed AND swallowing before talking and she still cannot get it?  She’s been known to run to another room while brushing her teeth right before bed to compliment dinner if she even suspects I cleared my throat or coughed a little yet no amount of pointing at my closed mouth during dinner serves to remind her to shut hers and finish chewing.  I guess what she has to say is that important.  Oh well, manners schmanners, I’d rather laugh and hear her stories.

Just so we’re invited back someday, Granddad really is a great cook and the compliments are 100% sincere!  I’m sorry that when Granddad clears his throat Francine will immediately respond, “Good dinner Mama!” with her mouth full of whatever deliciousness Granddad made.



2 Responses to “good dinner mama”

  1. 1 kim
    April 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Love it! So smart they are 🙂

  2. 2 Bibi
    April 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    It has nothing to do with not remembering she shouldn’t talk with food in her mouth – she just has SO much to say that is SO important, and most of all, she has someone in her life who LISTENS to her.

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