Dinner with family was always a time to enjoy each other’s company, but more, a time for the elders to inquire into the younger folk’s lives, to sort of determine if things are all right with school, work, relationships, and so on.
We never sat at the dinner table until everyone was present, and rushed home to be there in time for dinner. When I go back to Romania, no time of day receives more attention than dinnertime. I’m sure this is the case in many households.
How This Pertains to the Story
One of the most emotional, and I would say important, parts in the story is when Zoe sits with her mother, who is not well, in such a setting, and questions about life choices abound, because as Mother says: Parents spend their lives looking out for their children’s safety and want to die knowing they’ll be okay.
And there is no better time, or none felt better as I was writing the story, for Mother to get this hugely important point across than as they sit together at or around dinnertime. Best time to nourish body and soul.