The students wore casual clothes and workout gear instead of dresses and sportscoats, but there was conversation and laughter aplenty when SPS reintroduced a modified version of Seated Meal to the community during the week of November 7. A longtime staple of life at St. Paul’s School, Seated Meals were suspended in early 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After an absence of more than 18 months, the decision was made to reintroduce the custom in phases, focusing first on creating connections among students and advisers, who enjoyed a buffet meal at assigned tables in the Upper Dining Room. Future Seated Meals may include a return to formal dress, but for now, students and faculty members alike appreciated the opportunity to come together for a good meal and some lighthearted fellowship. Judging by the ready smiles, the first Seated Meals of the year were both effortless and enjoyable.