Saturday, July 5, 2008


Okay so we were all sitting around after a big ole dinner and I read this in the paper, we about cried from laughing so hard!

Dear Miss Manners: Dieting in public is a serious etiquette problem in a society that has made saints of women who wear a size 2. It is rude and offensive for a person to attend a joyous food-related outing and spoil the trip by ordering "a small salad."

Public dieting casts a pall of misery over any such occasion. The argument that the outing is about the fellowship is only partially true—the fellowship is enjoying a good meal together. The occasion is about the food.

Holiday dinners and meals out with friends are a time, if not to eat heartily, to at least eat well—even if one chooses grilled instead of fried chicken or replaces the dressing with vegetables at Thanksgiving.

If one must diet in public, it should be done with absolute discretion and must involve a variety of tasty foods chosen from what has been provided. If the dieter wants a diet soda, she should ask for it quietly, as though requesting something with which to take medication and have it poured into a glass to ensure that the nature of the drink is not obvious.

If a person is on a super-restricted diet that requires she eat abnormally, she needs to stay home, instead of making everyone miserable.

Gentle Reader: Miss Manners suggests that you try harder not to notice what other people are eating. A lot harder.

Monitoring what other people eat is a good way to ruin a holiday or gathering of friends, whether it is dieters voicing disapproval of hearty eaters or the more rare reaction that you have.

After you stated your desire to ostracize everyone with medical food restrictions, Miss Manners banned you from any discussion about what constitutes fellowship.

*Maybe it was just us but we're still laughing*


Karen Valinda said...

It was OK, if extreme, until we hit the diet soda remark and it was all over once we moved on to Moga, the future chefette, staying home - obviously unfit for any social gathering involving food.

And compared to Miss Manner's usual response I can see why her answer, following just such an occasion, would be hysterically funny! (I just hope YOU had not been guilty of discomfitting anyone at said fete) ;-Þ


creeks wife said...

It is NOT just you. I am crying from laughing as I write. What a WEIRDO!!!!!!

Sandra said...

Wait a minute, was this posted on April 1st? Seriously? Someone would think this way.

Oh, if only I could do Diet Soda, I'd order it extra loud everywhere just in case she's around to hear me.


The Lowes said...

are u kidding me? that's hilarious, i can't believe its for real.