I have a rule and it's quite simple; food on a plate is never supposed to touch. My rule is simple but I obey it all the time. How stingy is my rule? Melted butter from a roll can't trickle towards another food.
When I go out to eat I try to remember to tell the waiters that my food needs to be on separate plates. They always seem to be perturbed by this, but I am too because how on Earth do you allow your food to touch? I do believe my rule to be law and cringe every time I see food touching other food.
Every year as I celebrate Thanksgiving at my aunt's house I have to prepare myself for the spectacle that are the other plates in the room. Both my dad and aunt disregard my sacred rule. Well, they don't just disregard it but rather they run it over with a proverbial dump truck then back over it several times for good measure.
Truly, their plates are a sight to behold. A friend of my aunt's lets me use a divided plate and this is great. I don't eat the messy foods anyway as only break, turkey, and a couple bites of mashed potatoes are enough for me.
I have always been a picky eater and have always had order to my meals. If you ever are at dinner with me you will see my eyes slowly look at plates that have food crammed together and it's hard for my eyes to break away because I am in awe of the violation that is taking place on that plate. Yesterday, while looking at my dad's plate, I thought to myself, "How do you sleep at night?" because his plate was, in terms of my rule, a nightmare.
Over the years I have become more relaxed on my rules for others. I'd say about four years ago I thought everyone did and must live by the rules I live by. While I am starting to realize everyone else isn't me, I still think food should not touch. Now if you are reading this and want to respond with what my dad tells me which is, "All the food ends up in the same place" don't waste your time because this provision is irrelevant.
Life needs order and starting with plates is a good place to start. I'm not a fan of chaos and that's what I witnessed yesterday. It was out of control and is much more wild than any shopping mall today.