Reasons

Dining Alone - Stories from the Table for One

Monday, February 09, 2015

Dining alone with Madam Tattinger explores the power of reflection and imagination that can be found in the solitude of dining at a table for one. An empty heart from years of a loveless marriage underpins the rituals and illusions that evolve as acceptance and unconditional companionship are sought.     Read More . . .

 

Dining alone with Madame Tattinger.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Behind the closed office door, his eyes scan the room; noting the industry magazines are not fanned in front of the maiden hair fern and the reception desk is untidy. It’s Sally’s third week and Bill's idiosyncrasies still elude her. In the quiet, he mulls over the day’s inspections, client proposals and paper work that needs completing to close another deal. After checking the appointments for the next two days, he leaves a detailed to-do-list, in pencil, on the right hand side of his diary. He picks up the phone, and calls Pauline, his wife of 30 years, and says “I’ll be home after dinner” and then hangs up. She knows exactly what this means; an evening of solitude; an evening of emptiness. His cutlery is placed back in the kitchen drawer, again, as she squashes her hopes that perhaps tomorrow night or the night after will be different. Stepping out onto the pavement, with the office behind him and the restaurant ahead, Bill already feels invigorated. It’s only a 10 minute walk and while he knows he doesn’t have a dinner booking; he is expected.    Read More . . .