Getting used to dining alone

Hi everyone:

What do you do when you feel like going out to eat but you are alone in a world meant for couples? You can either stay home or go it alone.

Perhaps you have been used to, for many years, going out a particular night of the week, just because. But now you are alone and wondering if you should step outside your door to eat out.

Go, my friend. Take a book, magazine, or newspaper and go. The food you enjoyed as a couple is still just as tasty. It’s fun to have a night off from cooking, even if your total commitment to cooking is heating up a diet dinner in the microwave.

If you are an older person, you can even comment to younger couples what a lovely family they have, how well-behaved their children are, or how much they remind you of your own children. (Nothing creepy here, folks; keep it nice and light and not weird.) This may open the door to a conversation or perhaps you just made their day better. No sarcasm, either.

You never know who you might meet and what conversation might ensue while you wait for your food. Go out! Have a lovely meal! And ask a friend to come with you, if you prefer not to go it alone.

Best,

Dr. Sheri

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