Ever since I can remember, I’ve eaten meals with a napkin in my lap. In fact, if I eat anything at all, and there’s not a napkin (or ‘serviette’, if you’re feeling particularly Canadian) close at hand, I feel slightly askew. I thought this was common practice.
I was a little surprised to read the results of Matt’s informal survey of lap coverage:
Needing to grab a quick lunch before a noon meeting, I found a small table by myself. Putting my napkin across my lap reminded me of my previous question. I began looking around. And looking some more.
Out of 52 people whose laps I could surreptitiously survey without appearing to be crotch-shopping, only 1 contained a napkin. Is this an American v. Canadian upbringing thing? (Americans don’t believe in dinosaurs but do believe in keeping their beans off their jeans?)
Reading the comments on Matt’s site, there seems to be a delineation emerging between paper and cloth napkins. I’ll have to pay attention for this. I mean, I’m always surreptitiously surveying people’s laps, but now I have a legitimate reason.