Recently, I was in charge of a dinner and someone else set all the tables while I working on things in the kitchen.
When I came out to check on things, I realized that all 7 tables had been set incorrectly, with the silverware, cups, and napkins placed in the wrong spots.
Fortunately, the person who had set the table went to work on something else in another room and I slipped in and quickly fixed all the place settings. I didn’t want 50 people showing up and thinking I had no idea which side the fork goes on.
Plus, since I learned early on in life how to correctly set the table, it is terribly grating to look at a place setting that’s wrong.
I came home and immediately reviewed with Ella how a basic table setting should be done. My dad taught her a fun little story to remember all the right things when we were in Las Vegas over Christmas, and I thought I’d share here.
Then your children will never have someone following behind them rearranging their table-setting job.
You have the fork on the left. It’s a wolf (see those sharp tine teeth?). It lives at the foot of the mountains. The napkin is the mountain.
On the right side of the plate you have a shepherd and a sheep. The shepherd stands between the wolf and the sheep to protect it. The knife is the shepherd’s staff and the blade side points toward the wolf, since it’s the dangerous thing.
The spoon is the helpless sheep and both the sheep and the shepherd gather near the watering hole, which is the glass.
See? Easy peasy!
One life skill down, ten million to go.