Separate but related in regards to the china people no longer want, someone told me recently that younger people don’t cook. They don’t really know how.
She wasn’t talking about everyone so I hope I don’t get lectured over this; something someone else said. It wasn’t a long conversation. She just made the one remark but I thought about it.
I grew up, cooking for my family of six. I did 80% of the cooking for the family from the time I was seven or eight years old.
I didn’t mind this. It came natural to me. And if you can cook for six, you can cook for twelve or twenty with no problem at all. But what about kids who grow up in a single parent family, the only child or one of two. Chances are they are not going to learn to cook for six or seven or eight people. This would just not be something included in their world.
To be clear, I am not insinuating that I am or was better prepared than kids in this other situation. Only that it changes things.
See, I want service for twelve. Matter of fact, I would like service for twenty! And I would like to put it into use, often. But people like me are becoming a true oddity in the US, as far as native-born Americans go. By and large, my generation failed to teach their children these skills. Consequently, they have no use for all the dishes, serving bowls and platters, taking up space, gathering dust.
This is a good post for the current stellium in Cancer, isn’t it?
I have another thing add. Some of the older women refused to pass the torch. I recall the wife of one man, she wanted to cook for the family. She wanted to host the family Christmas dinner – her mother-in-law would not allow it.
Have your family traditions changed in the last twenty years?