Now that mine are going off to college, I feel like I will be able to change the habit back to a dinner table when they come home to visit. When my daughter is home for dinner, she, my son, and I generally sit at the table to eat. My DH will join us on occasion, but he doesn't see the advantage so it is a chore for him. When it is just he and I, I will, every once in a while, decide that I am going to eat at the table and he can join or not, but it doesn't feel pleasant. I don't want to be defiant or stubborn, I just want to enjoy my dinner without having to listen to the news. So I need to work on my attitude. He is very unlikely to join me, so I need to get to a place mentally where I can feel like it is pleasant. It is totally my attitude, I just need to work on it. When I lived alone, I sat at a table, alone, to eat my dinner and it was pleasant. I just need to get back to that attitude.