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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Mealtime manners at Granddaddy’s and Grand Mama’s house

Posted Oct 25, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

My grandparents required all of us to come to the table and be seated at the same time.

That routine was followed by Granddaddy saying Grace (blessings) or praying thanksgiving for our food. Then, it was time for my family to serve their plates. Since the top tier revolved, a dish or platter was always in front of a family member. And each family member was required to wait, until the manually revolved top tier brought each dish in front of them. Obviously, no one reached across another to get food. Though it sounds formal, it was not. It was a joyful routine at Granddaddy’s Lazy-Susan table and the nearby table. Family time, while eating, meant an abundance of tasty food, accompanied by enjoyable conversation and laughter. That was the time everyone who wanted to talk, could. It was common parlance at Granddaddy house for everyone to take turns speaking at mealtime and never interrupt another’s speaking, a conversational technique that Daddy and my aunts and uncles maintained throughout their lifetime and expected of their children.

It was during their dining experience they learned how to carry on good conversation, fit for any company. Please be copy cats, like me, and follow my Shaw family at your dining table.

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