A Place at the Table
This past weekend I was invited to demonstrate napkin folding at our local art gallery, BAC. It’s been a period of time since I’ve done that AND not much has changed. It attracted a grandmother and her granddaughter, there was one gentleman, women of all ages including a young mother with her two children (infant and a 2 year old), women who worked professionally and others that don’t.
The one hour flew by and we met the objective of the gallery: Everyone had a good time and each attendee was given personal attention.
I pre-selected 3 folds with complexity ranging from what I consider easy (‘Lil Komono) to the most complex (Olga’s New Love) with Sally in the middle of complexity and the one I’ve used lately. We had extra time and I also introduced Lizzie.
For me, the most surprising element of the day was the conversation that ensued at the end, it was about “A Place at the Table”. I think there were about 6 of us, we started chatting about the importance of families sitting at a dining table, eating a meal together and engaging in a conversation about what happened to each individual that day. We all agreed that this is important.
For me, it brought up the memories of the number of times my father took a customer to Conciliation Court or what it took for my eldest sister to go off to college. One woman shared similar type conversations with her family. I also learned of a phrase, “Take Out Moms” where mothers feed their children from fast food restaurants and the kids eat in the car. The professional woman who shared this, volunteers her time with children from that environment and introduces them to what eating at a table requires. Simply amazing!
Napkin folding does more than make the table extra appealing, it creates an environment for conversations to take place. We need more of that.