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The Art of Dining Alone

The art of dining alone.

The first thing to know about dining alone is this: it’s all about You. So choose a place you love to go.

When the hostess says, “How many in your party?” be ready with your answer. I try not to say, “just one,” because tonight isn’t about feeling sorry for myself, and the word ‘just’ tells too much, making it sound like I’m lonely and sad.

(If I’m lonely and sad, then I won’t need a hostess to seat me. The dinner by myself is going to be ice cream and You’ve Got Mail.)

Instead, I say, “I’m dining alone tonight, thank you.” Or, “A table for one, please.” Those are proactive statements that put you in charge. It’s your chance to say, I chose this night, this restaurant and this time by myself. Please give me the best table that will suit such a quality time and experience.

Bring a companion of some kind. I bring authors in their books. But maybe you bring apps, Angry Birds, singer/songwriters on Pandora, or your Facebook community on Words with Friends.

Choose your very favorite item on the menu. Order dessert. Always. This is a must. You’re worth it, and life is too short to overthink the cheesecake.

Settle in. Leave a good tip.

Enjoy the space. Love yourself there, so someday someone else can love you in that space.

It’s an art, this business of dining alone.

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. Tricia…you amaze me dear. I am 57years old and have never dined alone. Im a big fat chicken. Afraid I’ll get bored, or feel bad about myself, or worse yet, that people will think Im a loser. You, my friend, are the opposite and I have a lot to learn.

  2. I have ever eaten alone in a restaurant. I have never taken myself to a movie. Wondering why.

  3. I love your thinking on this! Thank you for your wonderful ideas on this subject!

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