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Old 07-30-2011, 11:31 PM   #21
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Luckily, husband absolutely understands and never digs in before Dad and never grabs the last bite when we're visiting. Of course my BILs are all young enough to be my husband's kids, and most wouldn't know manners if they were hit in the face with them. I don't know ... a little thing called respect.
Respect, it's what we learned growing up...you and I both grew up in the military and I think that has a lot to do with it.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:52 PM   #22
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I'm sure you're right. People think growing up in the military means having fathers who ruled with an iron fist and were mean and abusive. In fact, in my experience, growing up in the military meant having mothers who ruled the roost. My parents (77 and 81) are still together and still very much in love. My retired sergeant dad is a very gentle man and would never insist upon the table manners Mom taught us. It was earned respect, not demanded.
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:44 AM   #23
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I do normally, but I will always offer it around to others first. Maybe they can read the look on my face as I offer it. Oh dear
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:14 AM   #24
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In our house, with a few exceptions, it's whoever gets to it first which the hubby will kind of sheepishly admit is him. We're both pretty laid back about leftovers. It's something we've kind of learned.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:21 AM   #25
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I do normally, but I will always offer it around to others first. Maybe they can read the look on my face as I offer it. Oh dear
we all know that look, fabiabi--it's pure diabolical genius. please teach me that look....
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:09 AM   #26
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Fabiabi, we also were always told to ask if anyone else wanted that last pork chop (offered to Dad first). If so, the last serving got split. Mom made enough food for a small army, so it seldom came down to that until my sibs married and started having kids.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:11 PM   #27
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when i was growing up, we usually had just enough for 1 serving for everyone, 2 for dad. no one questioned it, ever. it was that respect thing that's been discussed.

on the rare occasions that there were leftovers, mom would have them put away before anyone noticed so she could make another meal out of them. no one ever asked, really, since we almost always ate in the dining room and the food was served by mom from the kitchen.

today, my son usually gets last dibs, then dw. i've never had a problem with that since there's always more than enough, and i prefer to see them satiated.
i almost always get the leftovers, though, because i work and eat at such odd hours, and dw isn't a fan of leftovers very often.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:59 PM   #28
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My husband or one of the children. I don't fight over food lol! Just let them wrestle for it :p
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:14 PM   #29
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The only time it has ever been an issue for me is when I am grilling. I always form a bond with one steak, pork chop, etc. and if someone snatches it before I do I am heart broken. Stupid but, true.
I understand completely Bea!! This brings back a very old memory of one of the worse altercations my late husband and I ever had. Keep in mind we were both in our early 20's, and still quite immature and self centered. We were grilling two small steaks that were a real stretch for our food budget. Like you, I formed a real mouth watering bond with one of them, and both of our forks hit the one steak at the same time. It got ridiculous then......"you take it, no you take it, I had my eye on that one, so did I, I wouldn't eat that one now if my life depended on it".....you get the idea. Then it got into a shouting match about how selfish the other one was. Ack!!
That was over 40 years ago, and we laughed over the memory many times.
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I understand completely Bea!! This brings back a very old memory of one of the worse altercations my late husband and I ever had. Keep in mind we were both in our early 20's, and still quite immature and self centered. We were grilling two small steaks that were a real stretch for our food budget. Like you, I formed a real mouth watering bond with one of them, and both of our forks hit the one steak at the same time. It got ridiculous then......"you take it, no you take it, I had my eye on that one, so did I, I wouldn't eat that one now if my life depended on it".....you get the idea. Then it got into a shouting match about how selfish the other one was. Ack!!
That was over 40 years ago, and we laughed over the memory many times.
not the point, i know, but who got the steak?
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