Column, Southern Thing Column

Whoever decided it’s rude to put elbows on the table didn’t understand elbows. Or tables.

If you missed last week’s column on It’s a Southern Thing (, you can read it by clicking here. Below are the first paragraphs.

You know how it is at banquets. Lots of waiting for dishes to be set in front of you, listening to speakers speak and making conversation with strangers until you can surreptitiously shove the tee-tiny wedge of cheesecake in your mouth … whole. Oh wait – that was just me?

Well. I can hardly be blamed if sometimes my mind wanders. It’s cruel to put the dessert on the table first, is all I’m saying. I was attending just such a banquet Saturday evening when my mind started wandering. It was obvious straight away that the chocolate-and-caramel layer cake wouldn’t fit in my mouth without taking several bites and probably also chewing so I knew I’d have to bide my time on that one. That’s when I noticed I had placed my elbows on the table, clasped my hands and used them to hold my chin. Suddenly I had to know how putting your elbows on the dinner table became a stink-eye offense. Click here to keep reading.

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