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What ever happened to lunch?

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Ah Monday, you’ve rolled around once again! For me, heading back into the office after the weekend is not exactly the most enjoyable time of the week. Today was actually particularly shocking- I woke up before my alarm, certain that it was Sunday and I had a whole day of relaxation ahead of me (I’m a deep sleeper and tend to get a little confused in the morning!)

But however much I don’t like Monday mornings, there’s one thing that always gets me through- Lunch. Monday lunch is a bit of a big deal for me. I like to treat myself to an amazing lunch, as a reward for getting out of bed and making it in to work. I know, it doesn’t really sound like much of an achievement, but I think it’s important to celebrate whatever and whenever you can!

I recently read the article, Happiness is a Table for One, by Simon Kuper in which he laments the demise of the weekday lunch. A great quote from the 1910 P.G. Wodehouse novel Psmith in the City about life at a London bank is,

“Few workers in the City regard lunch as a trivial affair. Conversation in the city offices deals, in the morning, with what one is going to have for lunch, and in the afternoon with what one has had for lunch.”

Kuper discusses how, 100 years later, lunch is not the grand affair it once was. We all eat sandwiches that look like cardboard while sitting at our desks. Not really much of a conversation piece is it?

I think we should all make the effort to get out of the office and have a nice lunch whenever possible. It gives you something to look forward to, as well as something to remember later. I know it’s not possible every day, most of our work schedules simply won’t allow for a long leisurely lunch on a daily basis. But every now and then, breaking the chains attaching you to your desk and having a good long lunch is just what the doctor ordered!

Oh, and just so you know, my celebratory lunch today is going to be a Japanese feast- I’m already looking forward to it! 🙂

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