Do you call the evening meal “dinner” or “supper”? Being from the south, it’s supper to me! I just can’t get used to people calling their evening meal “dinner”. Dinner is a big meal in the middle of the day… like Sunday Dinner or Thanksgiving Dinner! Otherwise, we have lunch in the middle of the day and supper in the evening.
We watched an episode of The Andy Griffith Show the other day that has me baffled. It’s “Man in a Hurry”… wonderful episode! A business man is passing through Mayberry on a Sunday and has car trouble, so he ends up stuck in the little town most of the day. He arrives just as church is letting out, so Andy goes with him to the filling station to see what can be done about his car. The mechanic isn’t there, so they have to go to his house. He refuses to work on Sunday, so they go back to Andy’s house where Aunt Bee serves “supper.” I naturally assumed it was the evening meal and that all that running around took the whole afternoon.
However, after “supper” Andy and Barney go sit on the porch (in the daylight) and sing with Andy’s guitar for awhile, then Barney says he’s going to go home and take a nap, then go to Thelma Lou’s for a little TV. I wondered why he would take a nap in the evening after supper! Aunt Bee surely meant “dinner” when she was serving it earlier. But that’s not all! Pretty soon Gomer comes along and says Goober can fix the man’s car, so they go off to do that. When they come back with the car, Aunt Bee is disappointed that the man is going to leave because she is making ice cream. So the man decides to stay the night. In the next scene, Barney is back on the porch with Andy and their guest. It is dark now, and Andy and Barney decide to go downtown to get a bottle of pop.