If you have ever eaten food you might recognize this. If you were raised by wolves, however, then maybe not so much. This is called a placemat. Your mom lays it out, neat and square, on the dinner table and it looks very pleasant when guests come over. This picture shows how it looks when your internet-addled teen sets the table for supper. If you go to placemat dot com you will be redirected to another site which specializes in placemats as well as napkin bands, finger bowls, parchment cake circles and forks. Placemats can be plain colored, plaided, striped or checked. They can have themes like harvest scenes, barns or country roads. Kids can get their own ‘mats with robots or puppies pictured on them. Can you believe that? What will Big Tableware think of next? It’s a different world now, I tells ya.
This placemat we used was kind of stupid. It has little holes that were put there by design. Sure it kept our plates of fish sticks and French fries from sliding on to the floor but bits of flaky fish or salt would fall right through to the table. It’s just that much more table wiping that needs to be done after dinner. Life is full of troubles.
2 Kings 6:22-23 He answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them; and when they had eaten and drunk he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the marauding bands of Arameans did not come again into the land of Israel