So tell me, O wise Internets. What is your take on this issue?
I am the chief cook & bottle washer in the house. I get home from work around 5:15. I start making dinner pretty much as soon as I walk in. Usually one or both kids are "helping" me in the kitchen. Will's job is making sure that everyone has at the very least 6 spoons and 4 forks at your place setting. Maggie is busy licking(haha, gross; I know!) & then putting ice cubes in Joe's glass for his soda. While I am plating the dinner, and Maggie is setting the plates at the table, Will announces that it is time to,"EAT, EAT DINNA!!!" At this proclamation, the 3 non-cooking people seat themselves. I am usually still in the kitchen, turning off burners/oven, getting drinks for the kids, grabbing napkins, putting away the extra 30 pieces of silverware etc.etc...
By the time that I sit down at the table, they are already digging into/halfway through their dinner. Isn't it proper etiquette to wait until everyone is seated before eating? Don't even get me started on the whole saying Grace before meals thing. I pretty much give thanks while I'm serving so that the little barbarians don't have to wait another 45 seconds to bow their heads and give thanks.
I really don't like to serve dinner "family-style" and just put everything out in bowls & serving platters to just "help yourselves" as:
#1 the table isn't really big enough for that (I could put the leaf in, but I don't want to)
#2 that's just more dishes for me to have to wash (by hand, mind you) later that evening.
#3 I have found that if I leave the whole roast/meatloaf/chicken/meatballs whatever
on the table, Joe takes it as a personal challenge to see if he can eat the entire thing.
There have been many a night when I finally sit at the table to start my (now only slightly warm) meal when everyone else is just finishing. I still try make them wait to leave the table until everyone is finished, but usually, I just let them be excused to go play or whatever.
So, Interwebs, am I just being overly sensitive and feeling more like Alice, than Mommy or do I have a legitimate gripe here? Any and all suggestions /validations will be appreciated.