Learn to Eat Like a Grown-up
MOTHER: The table's laid. Come along, both of you, and let us begin.
FATHER: I'm ready; I feel quite hungry.
CHRIS: So am I; I could eat a horse.
MOTHER: Well, we haven't got a horse for you , but what we have got is quite
nice. Sit there and see how well you can behave. Remember, you're
getting quite a big boy and must learn to eat like a grown-up.
CHRIS: DOes that mean that I can eat more?
MOTHER: We want you to make a good meal, though we don't want you to stuff
yourself. Your place has been laid just like ours.
CHRIS: What's this little plate for?
MOTHER: That's for your bread. Most people eat a little bread with their meat
CHRIS: Mother, aren't you going to cut my meat up for me any more?
MOTHER: No, I'm not. We have put a knife and fork for you and you must learn .
how to use them. Here is your meat; help yourself to vegetables from
the dish Don't take more than you can eat.
CHRIS: All right; Mother; may I take some mustard?
FATHER: You may, but I don't think you'll like it. You'll find it hot. Now
sit up properly; don't lean back and don't Iean too far forward.
MOTHER: And take your elbows off the table-cloth.
FATHER: And don't take too much on your fork. You shouldn't open your mouth
wide at meals.
MOTHER: And n't make a noise when you are eating.
CHRIS: Good gracious!I think it would be better if I took my plate away to
the nursery. I shan't be able to eat at, all if I try to remember
all those things.
FATHER: Stay where you are. You'll soon learn.(Chris begins to eat; he puts
some vegetables into his mouth with his knife. )
MOTHER: What are you doi ng? Don't you know that you must never put you knife
into your mouth?
CHRIS: But why, Mummy? It's easier like that sometimes.
FATHER: You .might cut your mouth. Do you want to make your mouth bigger than it k.
is? Use your for
CHRIS: No, I don't. But I might prick my tongue with the points of my fork.
FATHER: Well, you must learn not to.
MOTHER: There, leave the lad alone. He'll soon learn. Have you finished, dear?
Lay your knife and fork on your plate. No, don't cross them. Put the
handles towards you.
FATHER: Now, here come the sweets. Here's your plate. Use that spoon and fork;
use your fork more than your spoon.
CHRIS But why? Isn't it polite to use the spoon?
MOTHER: Of course it is, but most people use the fork more. than the spoon. Use
the spoon when you have to.
CHRIS: You mean for eating very soft stuff?
MOTHER: That's right. Why, you haven't drunk any water! (Chris drinks some water
and puts his glass down on the left of his plate. )
FATHER: Not there. On your right.
CHRISL But why?
FATHER: Because it is nearer to your right hand. It's handier there.
CHRIS: All right, Dad. There seems to be a great deal to learn. Give me some more
MoTHER: "Give me" doesn't get; say, "Please may I have?"
CHRIS: Please may I have some more pudding?
MoTHER: Here you are. What's that I see? Dirty hands? See that you don't come to
table with dirty hands again.
FATHER: And brush your hair next time you come.
CHRIS: I'll try to remember. But you mustn't expect me to learn every't'hing at
once. May I get down now?
MoTHER: Very well. Run along.
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