Tonight I went to Sushi-Train (a Japanese Restaurant where the middle of the table circulates carrying with in many little plates of different dishes) with my Husband and Son, (my daughter sleeping at a friend’s house).
What I first noticed was how close people were happily sitting next to each other.
How the whole restaurant was focused around this central space.
The oval table surrounded by people on stools with little coloured plates piled high in front of them.
Watching the people eating together reminded me of the times I have been in Friendship Village, a Conference Centre in Columbus Ohio. I was at Friendship Village with the People from the Learning Centre for Human Development receiving teachings from Parisha Taylor, whom I call Grandmother.
Meal time at Friendship Village is a friendly time and very civilized. First the wholesome food comes out and is displayed with love and care, then it is blessed – acknowledging the food and where it came from.
Then the Children go to the big Table and take their food, helped as needed by older ones, then the older people come for food, then the people generally, the Chiefs are last. Making sure everyone has enough to eat before they take any. Should there ever be not enough they do without.
My 5 year old son is so impressed by the idea of being a Chief that at home when squabbling starts about who is first or who got more food than someone else I ask “who is it that wants to be a Chief here?” My son then changes completely and is giving and asks others to go first.
At Friendship Village Conference Centre everyone then sits along the long wooden tables eating and enjoying the food and sharing quite chit chat – nothing too serious as the mood is kept light while the focus is on the food and the nourishment to our bodies.
The Japanese food at the Sushi-train was nourishing and the format of sitting together around the long oval Table was great – like a really big family. Which we are one family of humanity.
Enjoy eating with Friends over this up-coming Holiday Season