On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Really, the Cold War?

I was sitting with the boys at Juvenile Hall on Tuesday for our ART You Ready for Dinner? program which involves drawing in their sketchbooks for an hour, stopping for a meal and dessert and then drawing a short while more.

Along the way I said something about eating supper.  I heard these little chuckles.  "What did I do?"

"Supper," they informed me, is no more.  It went out with the Cold War (I was secretly pleased that one of these high security delinquents had apparently heard of that one.)  The correct terminology is "dinner."

Okay, Readers, is this true?  Was I really the dinosaur in the room?  Is this a northern California thing or do the rest of you, all over the nation, now eat dinner?

They say you can teach an old dog new tricks so this is a test case in the making.  Supper or dinner?


  1. Supper is an evening meal here in SC ... dinner happens usually after church on Sunday afternoon, time depending on how long the preaching lasts... the noon meal the rest of the week is called lunch.

  2. Hi Elaine - I grew up in Illinois and what you wrote sounds true to my childhood.

  3. My childhood family always ate dinner. My husband grew up with Sunday suppers as they had a full dinner for lunch that day. In Minnesota I found out lunch meant snack and could be had anytime (even with breakfast food which is what they call cereal). I figure if you have a full meal at lunchtime then you might have a lighter meal later which I would then call a supper but in general I have always used dinner (but lunch for me was usually a cold meal or leftovers too). I don't know too many people who ever say supper anymore though, to be honest.


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