What’s unusual about this photo is that the parents and children are all sitting down at a table to eat.
Tables have been around almost since the beginning of time, what changed? The notion that we need to be entertained while we eat as opposed to communicating while we eat.
I’ve been fortunate to be a witness to many cultures all over the world. I’ve seen family values in the poorest of homes and in opulent palaces. The only difference between these two settings is the setting.
Questions immediately arise when people find out that I’ve learned a few things about the culture of others. Americans want to know if others do things differently. The answer is YES. The simple act of eating in nearly every country is communication.
Communication implies that something was said and something was heard but that’s not all, it also implies understanding. [Read more…]