Whatever I can do to provide harmony and family tranquility I try to do … after all I have owned a family restaurant for over 50 years. Maybe that is why every October we run a kids promotion where we heavily discount kids meals. It truly warms my heart when a family sits down in the restaurant and laughter is heard emanating from the dining room … conversely, it’s sad when I see adults and their kids all on their cell phones speaking to others not at the table or quietly playing video games. I sometimes wonder if anyone converses anymore or is that a relic of the past? Is it relegated to the dustbin of history like the horse and buggy (with all due respect to the Amish)? As good as cell phones might be, they are also a detriment to civil discourse within the family unit. I guess it’s easier that way. I have had meetings where those at the meeting were text messaging and receiving text messages … so undivided attention is a misnomer.
And don’t get me started on social media.
It, too, is a curse and a blessing.
As I have told many, I am glad at the age of 75 — in the sunset of my life — that both my life and career will not have to witness a further deterioration of communication, respect and gratitude.
If this was the beginning of my career, I don’t know if I could cope with this brave new world! Hopefully, the October kids promotion will bring families out and they can converse at the dinner table … and I will smile in delight hearing children and adults laughing. So please do take advantage of this promotion … we have our famous kids chicken fingers, a kid’s platter of roast beef, brisket or turkey, pasta and meatballs, delicious grilled chicken, a junior deli sandwich or omelette, a little steak burger (we grind our own) or our Hebrew National® Beef Hot Dog. There are so many choices … you simply can’t go wrong.
See ya at the deli,