Sunday, April 11, 2010
“In a maidless household, a boy or girl of twelve or more years can be taught to set the table correctly and to wait on the table. Too many mothers err on this point. It will take time and patience to teach a young person to quietly leave his place at the table to perform the necessary service, but it is most essential to instill the idea that the mother is the hostess, not the servant of the household. Whenever possible, the mother should remain at the table to direct the conversation, to watch the wants of those at the table, and to insure a successful meal.” Meal Planning and Table Service, 1923.