It’s a tradition in Anne’s family that nieces and nephews who get married have a meal with their aunts. So a few weeks ago we went to the Hague to have dinner at aunt and uncle number one. And yesterday we had a champagne breakfast with aunt and uncle number two.
If you’ve read Eating Animals You’ll have read that sharing food can foster a good relationship. That’s what I learnt with these two meals. It was so much fun to sit down and spend time together. Somehow sharing a meal helps with conversation. Champagne in the morning also helps a lot. I’ve met these people a number of times before, but only at family do’s. So even had I had the time talk for extended periods of time it wouldn’t go past the questions like “How’s the planning going?” or “How’s work?” I would seldom have asked questions my self. The conversation at (family) parties is seldom reciprocal. That’s what sharing a meal does, it somehow makes conversation reciprocal.
So this post is like the one from two days ago, but more important. For me at least.