I have concerns and questions. I’m a need-to-know kind of person.
I have to understand. I just do. It’s a thing.
And so I ask, should cornbread be eaten with a fork or with one’s fingers?
I ask because friends of mine and I have gone back and forth on this for, well, years now, and we really need to put this one to bed.
Just to be clear, my friends and I don’t sit around discussing the finer points of Emily Post’s etiquette books.
This time, though, it all stemmed from a dinner invitation to someone’s house where I was served stew and cornbread. The only available utensil on the table was . . . a soup spoon.
Now, I would certainly allow that you CAN use your fingers to eat cornbread. But then again, you could also use a shovel, or your nose, or a page out of a book, or a small car if the hood was wide enough.
But should you?
My friends say, “Yes.”
I say, “No, you shouldn’t. And furthermore, any time anyone comes to your house, do them the courtesy of giving them all the possible utensil options.”
Now then, don’t let my opinion affect your answer.
No, really, don’t.