(Where are your hands?)
Specifically speaking... where are your hands when you're at the dinner table, but have finished eating?
If you're American, I'll bet they're on your lap. That is, if you're a polite American. If you're more of the impolite type, then maybe you have your elbows resting on the table. Didn't your mother ever teach you anything? :)
However, during my stay with a French family, I was trying so hard to do the right thing so I didn't come across as une américaine stupide. But I was told quite frankly (at our first family dinner) that I was being impoli (impolite) by keeping my hands in my lap. But it's also rude to put your elbows on the table... so where do your hands go?
Something like this:
Les poignets (wrists) rest on the table.Aren't they cute? These are the girls of the family I stayed with. They were they only highlight of living in that certain family... but that's a story for another time...
I was told that this tradition goes back to the "olden days" (whenever that is) when it was feared you could be concealing a weapon by keeping your hands under the table. Intéressant, n'est-ce pas? I assured the family that by no means was I hiding a gun in my lap, but to make them more comfortable, I ate the rest of my meals with my hands in plain sight.
That's all I've got for today. Sorry - not even a video. My brain is too tired. I promise to come up with something mind-blowing for next Friday. ;)