Table manners are important. This was something that was impressed upon me at a very young age. viagra from canada
Behavior at the table speaks volumes about you, especially in a public place. I remember being strongly reprimanded by my parents for poor dinner table etiquette. At one point, we even had a bank with a list of rules and corresponding fines on the center of the table. No doubt this was placed here by my frustrated parents that never seemed to enjoy a meal in peace with their five children. The rules included things like “Don’t feed the dog under the table.”, “Ask to have something passed to you instead of reaching across.”, “Don’t eat with your elbows on the table.”, and the ever important “No swearing.”.
I reflect back on my childhood dinner experiences and remember the worst things done at the table were verbal. Those would be the things that tried the patience of my long suffering parents. Yelling at a brother or sister or complaining that the food was subpar was probably some of the worst offenses. But, never; I mean NEVER, would any of us have dreamed of doing what my family does at the table.
I’m not talking an accidental slip of some gas followed by blushed cheeks and an apology. I’m talking about full-out, earth shaking belches that the neighbors could hear. Usually followed by a fist pump or a high five, those burps are highly entertaining for everyone around the table except me. Not to be outdone by someone else, the next guy around the table tries to burp louder and longer than the last gas-infused kid.
The first time, even the second or third time, I can laugh along. Sure, one burp can be funny and spark a chain reaction. I’m not a complete stick in the mud. But it is as if they have just uncovered the body’s ability to release gastric build up; a new discovery each and every meal…..possibly in the name of science. And science is a frontier that must be explored. But after about the forth replay of this belching game, I’m done.
“Come on!”, I say, “Give me a break! Don’t burp at the table. It’s disgusting and I’m eating here.” Just as the apology is about to leave the lips of my 5 little angels and calm and decorum is reinstated at the family meal, the gentleman sitting to my right leans over, looks at me right in the eye while his entire chair reverberates with a sound similar to the truck slamming on the Jake Brake.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????
Let me clarify who the person sitting to my right is. I’ll give you a hint; he’s bald, over the age of 50 and once told me that I smelled like roses. In other words; MY HUSBAND JUST FARTED IN MY GENERAL DIRECTION!!!!
Et tu Brutus?
Of course, this brilliant development on my attempt to have a protocol lesson on table manners has just been trumped. As if there was not enough entertainment value happening before the head-table-flatulence, now this entire meal has credits worthy of a Comedy Central show in my boy’s eyes.
Dad farted. Therefore a burp is a mere misdemeanor.
At this point everyone is laughing hysterically. Everyone but me. I am completely grossed out. I fantasize and immediately play out scenarios in my mind that next time (and yes, there will be a next time), I will get up from the table, grab my keys, and go to a nice quiet restaurant where classical music is played in the background and abnormally large plates serve surprisingly small amounts of food. These are plates I will not wash and food I did not cook, and I will enjoy every minute of it.
A girl can dream right?