A senior’s perspective on food and the family meal time


MISSOURI, March 3, 2014 — Seniors may remember meal time as a different event than what the younger generation is used to.  There were three main meals – breakfast, lunch and supper – and at least breakfast and dinner were normally eaten together.

If you grew up on a farm, a typical day would start at 5:00am with some chores followed by a big breakfast that the medical profession most likely would condemn today. It would consist of country bacon or sausage, two or three eggs, white gravy, homemade butter and jam topped off with some fried potatoes.  Everyone always cleaned their plate because the elders of the family constantly reminded the young ones of the starving children of the world.

Despite these types of hearty meals, there were few obese people compared to today. If you work in the fields from sunrise to sunset, you burn off that cream gravy and biscuits.

Around mid-morning, someone would bring some black coffee and a biscuit for a short snack and then back to work.

Lunch, then known as dinner, was a work of art. Huge bowls of lettuce from the garden with sugar and vinegar as the dressing. All kinds of meat and home grown vegetables. Coffee, water and fresh milk to drink.

USDA dinner image - Wikipedia
USDA dinner image – Wikipedia

Supper was another work of art. The menu was as vast and hearty as the other two main meals. Following dinner young and old did chores and finally as the sun was falling, they sat on the porch and in the yard and had homemade ice cream.

To this day, one has never tasted any ice cream as delicious as homemade ice cream.

After that they took their oil lamps – no electricity – and went to their respective rooms and jumped into a bed made of goose feathers and really slept well, especially if it rained because they slept under a tin roof.

Many families today eat on the run, with few meals taken together as a family unit. The benefit of the old way of eating meals was to allow communication with the whole family. There was no need for bulletin boards or post it notes or even phone calls.

Few meals now are cooked from scratch, with fresh vegetables and homemade apple pie. From a Senior’s perspective, this is sad, as there goes another piece of the good old days where the food was great and chemical free, and families sat and shared time together. Today we call that “bonding” and we have professionals to tell us how to “bond.”

Another things that has gone away is saying prayers before eating.

Some people call all this progress.  To Seniors, it doesn’t seem like much of a step forward.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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