Last month we “went out” for Thanksgiving. By this I mean we WENT SOMEWHERE. Ok, it was to a cousin’s house on our road. I was so excited! First time in 5 years to socialize with folks, eat good food, and catch up on news. I took a big dish of deviled eggs and some Sawdust Salad (a Jello dish with marshmallows, jello, cream cheese, bananas, and pineapple). There were about 21 people who came, one from south Alabama, and 3 from Atlanta. The weather was mild, the house was warm and comforting. All the food was delicious. The only thing that marred the day were the cell phones. I’ve read over the last couple of years how hostesses in NYC BAN cell phones from dinner gatherings. They have a cell phone “Designated Area” in their house, somewhere far from the dining and living rooms. It is usually a place like a coat closet. You can go THERE and use your phones or catch up on text messages. At the meal I attended, the hostess, her grown daughter, her daughter’s new boyfriend, and the granddaughter kept their cell phones right next to their silverware the entire meal. Always comparing pictures and clicking on this and that and reading text messages. They don’t even realize how this looks to other guests. Enough is enough.