[Clayart] TV dinners

Snail Scott claywork at flying-snail.com
Tue Jul 27 18:36:02 UTC 2021

> On Jul 25, 2021, at 8:44 AM, robert hackert <ndiaman at hotmail.com> wrote:
> TV dinners ended the communal activity of sitting at the dinner table,, where thoughts, ideas, and the days activities were discussed.

On the other hand, those ‘family’ dinners, for many families, had Mom in the kitchen:  cooking, serving, preparing dessert while others lingered over their plates, then cleaning up while everyone else chatted and relaxed. TV dinners (originally a brand name, remember, not a recommended usage) let everyone take a break. A meal of pre-prepared ingredients also makes a varied menu with multiple dishes easier for people who can’t shop often, can’t buy produce conveniently, would rather not buy or store the multiple packages of ingredients for a varied menu, are single and won’t eat the whole package of every ingredient before it goes off and hate the waste, can’t take time from paid employment to cook, or don’t want to spend their time cooking two or three dishes instead of doing other tasks, such as helping kids with homework, tending infirm relatives, or simply talking with their family. 

What (and how) you eat doesn’t define the quality of your relationships, just as what (and how) you use materials doesn’t define the quality of your craft. 


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