Somewhere on my resume I need to include under “strengths” my ability to lactate. I now have the prerequisite “3-5 years experience” which would qualify me under a professional title, yes? And in those years of experience I’ve noticed trends. Notably is a small child’s attempt to eat even when s/he’s not hungry.
Perhaps this is why a fine banquet or dinner out has become so desirable – we cannot help but delight in the tastes of a delicious dish while enjoying company and conversation. It’s why eating alone becomes an acquired skill some feel shamed in adapting.
Food seems second nature to company, they come one with the other. And in our desire for one, we regularly get the other. Which means in our desire for one, we often reach for another. Perhaps, much like my 8-month-old, we don’t know if we need something to fill our heart or our belly.