Ironing the Cloth Napkins

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Dinner at Our House post. I’m really not a pretentious jerk, but man did I seem like one in that post. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that dinner at our house is a fancy affair every night. Nor do I want to leave the impression that we always have ironed napkins. Or that I even make dinner every night (last night I picked up Panera!)

I was really just slayed by the girl who said she never, ever had a sit-down dinner with her family.

I do pretty well getting the family fed, although they don’t always like what I make. (Tonight, I watched two grown men pick around the chickpeas in their Mediterranean pasta dinner.) But tonight’s dinner was what it was because I haven’t grocery shopped for more than a week and the whole meal had to come from what was in the pantry/fridge.

There are dust bunnies happily living under my couch.

I really need to clean the inside of my refrigerator.

There. I feel less pretentious now. And if you ever catch me acting like I’ve got it all together, and that I’m the well-organized working mom who gets a gourmet dinner (with cloth napkins) on the table every night, please call me on it.

Just say, “are you ironing your cloth napkins again?”

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3 Responses to Ironing the Cloth Napkins

  1. I didn’t really take your post as pretentious, personally. I think the important takeaway was less about the napkins and more about the meal being time to be with family, and not just a method of adding calories to the body.

    And, besides, you didn’t even iron the napkins yourself. If I had free ironing labor, you can bet my napkins would be crisp. 😉

  2. I didn’t think that post was pretentious at all. In fact, it really stuck with me and I thought about it for days.

    Cloth napkins or not (and I *never* iron mine), we all have those days in which dinner is a thrown-together affair involving whatever we can find in a somewhat bare kitchen. For us, our fallback meal is pasta garnished with herbs and freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and then either peas or edamame from the freezer. Those are ingredients that we always, always, always have on hand and which make for an easy but pretty nutritious meal.

    The important thing is to eat together as a family and take advantage of that time. 🙂

  3. JDH says:

    You are as pretentious as me and Nanette! You just wrote that because we(our staff) fold our own napkins after they come back from the cleaners and you have the cleaners do it for you. I don’t know why you don’t let the servants do that little task. After all your maids only have to clean one wing of your home each. That should give them ample time for the “favors” you ask. 😉 Love ya
    See, I do read you.

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