Dinner and breakfast – yes, just me!
Do you ever eat by yourself? And by that I do not mean in front of your computer at work, or at home on the couch with takeout watching X-Files (insert whatever show everyone is talking about right now HERE). I mean, walking into your favorite restaurant and saying ” Hi, one for dinner.” Or “Hello! May I have breakfast at the bar?”
I do. And, I not-so-secretly love it. Yeah, okay – I may also tend to do this at hours normally reserved to senior citizens… Nonetheless, that’s just when I’m hungry sometimes! I like being able to sit wherever I like, take my time, get to know the guy behind the bar (so he recognizes me, gives me the “you’re a local” look and can say things like “Hey, good to see ya!” and actually mean it), and, on top of all that, be okay with eating alone. And not as though desperation had set in and the only person available to eat at that time was actually, well, you.
I know a lot of people who would just NEVER, whether out of fear of feeling like a loner or their inability to be by themselves. But I’ve always kind of felt like it was the perfect time to talk to someone new, or catch up with yourself. Food for thought really.
Do you have to be a loner to eat alone?
Photo: Tatjana Patitz | Photography by Arthur Elgort | For Vogue Magazine US | March 1994