It's something that few people do, share a home-cooked meal together (or even go to a restaurant together!). Over the past 3 years, we've been invited to approximately 15 people's homes. About 12 of those couples are the same age as our parents. I'm worried that my generation doesn't see the value in sharing a meal. Perhaps it's because young couples are busy with tiny tikes, new careers, new homes and extended family obligations. But I think it's often perceived as one more "to do" on our never ending lists. Inviting someone over involves cleaning the house (though not everyone does this and that's ok), making a nice meal, cleaning, and carrying a conversation. It sounds a little daunting. Especially if you're inviting over someone you hardly know (which has often been the case for Jake and I).
Once I move into my own home, I want to be diligent about this. I want to invite over old friends (I owe my dear friend Ty so many dinners that I think I'll ask him to move in with us for a month), but I also want to invite over people I hardly know.
OR vs PA: Before we left Oregon, we were invited over to 3 homes in which the dinner conversation focused on the scary state of our country/government and the importance of being prepared with guns for when THE MAN comes to take our arms away. Last night, the conversation briefly touched upon how smokin' hot our President is and how excitingly wonderful it is to be living in this country right now. I rarely give my opinion and enjoy hearing all perspectives... but once again I am reminded that PA is where I belong :)