A Quieter Lunch


Not yesterday’s lunch, but a meal I recently had which deserves to be rememberd

For a variety of reasons, I have never had to make or live by a lot of rules like “No eating in front of the TV” or “No screens at the table.” However, I can certainly understand why these guidelines might be imposed on other people’s lives.

As a late adopter of the smartphone, I am not a big user of it as a news source. I don’t get tweets and I actually not fond of being alerted to breaking news.  I let other people alert me, but my phone is not set to make a noise anytime something happens.  If I want to read it, I have to go look for it.

Other people, though, have a need for information that they can get electronically and more immediately. They take my father’s adage that he wants “news, not history” quite seriously, and I don’t blame them.  Things around the world are heating up and being informed is one way to combat it.

Yesterday, consciously or unconsciously, my lunch partner and I pushed our phones to the side and had a quiet lunch. I don’t know if we had more conversation or better conversation, though I finished lunch with the feeling that it was better…..much better.  Upon reflection, it was Today’s Perfect Moment and will probably lead to banning of cell phones at lunch.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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5 Responses to A Quieter Lunch

  1. retrodee says:

    Right on! I hate when I go to coffee with my Dad and all he does is read his phone. I have to remind him that it’s our time to talk! LOL.

  2. I never have my phone at the dinner table, unless I’m eating alone! I prefer to keep my phone away when in the presence of others so we can properly connect! Of course, sometimes there will be times when it gets used but as a rule, if I’m out socialising the phone stays away as much as possible, or it’s left on aeroplane mode so I don’t receive any notifications and I can still take pictures if I fancy!! I can imagine how this would have made your perfect moment for the day, it must have felt so refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hunida says:

    Boyfriend & I never have our phones out when we eat (except for pictures lol). It makes me sad to see other couples on their phones, not even talking to each other– especially at restaurants. Mine always on silent, too. I only look at it when I want to, not after every single beep.

    This lunch looks delish, Anthony. Glad you got to eat it over some quality conversation.

    • Anthony says:

      It sounds like you’ve got yourself together. I don’t understand what the big attraction to the phone is when you could talk to someone.

      • Hunida says:

        I don’t get it either! My dad is always looking at his, even when he’s talking. When I asked him what he’s looking at, he just shrugged his shoulders!

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