The Chinese have a tradition of always sitting at the table after eating lunch or dinner — dirty dishes and all — to talk for half an hour. It doesn’t matter the occasion or the guests around the table ; everyone takes some time out of their busy day to stay connected with friends and family in real life (not just via phone screens).
My family doesn’t always have time to do so (since we’re either at school or work), but today after lunch, we just sat around the table and talked to each other. You definitely realize how much you’ve missed, even though you’re living under the same roof as your family members. That’s why the Chinese release everyone from work/school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to have enough time for lunch and talking.
And for me, who’ll be going off to college in a couple of months, these after-lunch-talks are invaluable. In fact, I propose we add the following word to the English dictionary: tabletalk.
tabletalk (n) - the time after lunch or dinner spent talking to the people you shared the meal with
Ex. As I head off for college, I realize the importance of tabletalk and wish I hadn’t substituted it for playing on my phone or studying in my room.