Monday, November 30, 2009

His primary rule was that no one could talk unless the subject was of general interest. Dad was the one who decided whether a topic was of general interest... Usually at the start of a meal, while Mother served up the plates at one end of the table, Dad served up the day's topic of conversation at the other end.
[Frank & Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen]

Here's a plug for one of the Church Ladies' favorite books about the twelve Gilbreth children's hijinks. Don't let the Steve Martin movie spoil this classic book for you.

With all the upcoming holiday meals, the Church Ladies urge you to take the time to read a newspaper or two. That way, you'll have plenty of general interest topics to share, making for scintillating conversation and lively meal-times. You can thank us later.


Dan and Peg said...

I have to agree about the movie and the book. It is one of my favorite books, and the movie doesn't even come close.

Christina said...

Really love this book. As a woman engineer, Lillian Moller Gilbreth ("Mother") is one of my heroines. I agree, the Steve Martin movie is just dreadful.

Anonymous said...

There is a 1950 movie with CLifton Webb and Myrna Loy which is faithful to the book as far as I can remember. One of my favorites also.