Way too much finger food!

Assorted forks. From left to right: dessert fo...

Last week I watched one granddaughter eat her breakfast.  It’s obvious she has eaten way too much finger food–she doesn’t know how to properly use a fork.  Of course proper use of a fork depends on which side of the Atlantic you’re on.  Since I’m on the western side I expect the fork to be held in the right hand, if needed the fork can be moved to the left hand to hold food steady while it’s being cut with a knife which is now in the right hand.

I thought granddaughter #2 was ok eating cereal but then I discovered even though she can use a spoon when milk is involved she prefers her cereal handpicked directly out of the box.   Thank heavens she doesn’t try to put her peas on her knife and shove them down her throat. All is not right in the acceptable manners world.

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First my idea of finger foods:  grapes, ice cream cones, hamburgers, French fries, cookies, apples, and begrudgingly chicken fingers.

What I do not consider finger foods for anyone over the age of 4 are spaghetti, cereal, cooked vegetables, Ramen noodles, sausage patties, slices of cake, pork chops, cole slaw, and most especially waffles with syrup.

Finger pulling on waffle

While I was contemplating her finger eating habits I actually saw her use a fork.  Horrors!  Thumbs that can text 10,000 words a minute should be able to wrap themselves around a fork in a proper manner.  When held correctly a fork, in my opinion and I feel most of the civilized culinary world, should not be mistaken for a stabbing instrument.  A fork should never be held like a weapon unless supper rises from the plate and starts to attack the diner.

Hand holding fork

Did proper cutlery technique go the same way as tying a shoelace?  Based on the amount of loose shoe laces I have seen recently it would seem parents today are too busy to waste their valuable time teaching a skill.  It’s easier to just tie the laces each morning and hope that once they become untied the child will not trip before arriving home.   Much knowledge can be gained from computers but some basic skills just have to be passed on from one generation to the next.  Time spent learning to tie a basic knot or hold a fork correctly is not time lost.

Evidently toaster warmed pastries have taken the place of bacon and eggs or other meals that require the use of a knife, spoon and yes a fork.  I have observed from the plethora of popcorn, frozen pizzas and burritos ahead of me in the checkout lane of the grocery store that the new “normal standard of eating” is microwave food which is meant to be eaten as finger food

Officially I’m now “Old.” The lament of the crotchety generation is now mine “What’s happening to our children?  They don’t act the way I did as a child.”

Waffle With Syrup

Citizens of the culinary cutlery world unite.  Text a child instructions for using a fork!

Thumb nxt 2 frk. Nxt fger tp v frk.  Othr fngrs ndr frk. Gnte jab sml bts v fd.  Eat. Tlk w parnts.  Njy.

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One Comment on “Way too much finger food!”

  1. Mary says:

    Amen, sister. Apparently, table manners are no longer deemed necessary by younger generations.


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