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To the staff of Bar Six,

As you may remember, I recently had lunch at your lovely, quaint bistro. My girlfriend Liz and I popped in for a quick midday meal with our three adorable children (ages 1 – 3). You found us a perfect table with two high chairs and space to park our strollers. You also may remember my 3 year-old daughter Dylan whined and sobbed because she wanted to sit at a DIFFERENT table. Isn’t she just darling when she gets all passionate about something? We just love that girl’s spirit.

Right away, let me apologize for a few things that might have dropped (or perhaps were thrown with great fanfare and gusto) onto the floor.

straw cups
wind-up dreidel toy
horse purse
baby doll
toy train
cell phone
mini etch-a-sketch
french fries
turkey burger

While we’re on the topic, let me apologize for those same items being thrown two and three more times on the ground. Frankly, there is just no excuse for that.

I know 20 month-old Henry feels just awful about ripping apart your paper table cloth, and then drenching it with water. You all were so kind to hurry over with a new one.

And you certainly were right that the turkey burger takes a bit of time for preparation. I explained that repeatedly to 1 year-old Summer but I’m not a 100% sure that she got it. Perhaps that explains her immediate and vocal need to get out of the high chair before the food arrived. That Summer has a lot of spunk too.

I only wish we had kept things more contained. It seems we started using the adjacent table to hold some of our stuff and as a resource to constantly replenish our napkins and flatware.

Please also pass on our apologies to your other patrons, who just seemed to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m sure they were quite surprised by the amount of time it takes to pack up three children and head out into the rain. Of course, I’m just so sorry for Dylan’s shrieking as we headed out the door. That girl has never been a fan of the plastic rain cover. At home, we always use tinfoil. Not a scrap of Saran Wrap in the apartment.

In the end, it really is hard to believe that we were only there for an hour. I’m sure you received our generous tip. But somehow it just doesn’t seem enough. To express our gratitude even more deeply, we promise to never come back. We hope this is sufficient thanks. If not, let me know and we will send more money.

Most warmly,

Kelcey Kintner


24 Responses to my letter of apology

  • What better time to live in a city with 5 million restaurants? You and your children could trash each and every one and still have a huge bunch to choose from, no? I hope you and your friend didn't have any delusions of chatting during this meal?

  • I used to be so smug when my daughter was under 1.5 or so. We'd go out and have long, wonderful dinners and she was GREAT! Now, she is a DEMON and we can't take her anywhere.

    THAT is why I love your story and really, because I can't go anywhere with my child, I need the goodies that you are giving away.

    Makes sense, right?

  • Shannon says:

    Oh we had our own fun little family outing at a restaurant over the weekend complete with screaming, dropping, throwing and whining…Thanks for reaffirming I am not the only one who goes through such things.

  • wendi says:

    When you come to Florida, you can do whatever you like – they can't hear, see or smell. Don't tell my grandmother I said that.

  • Auntie T says:

    Oh, the many hidden costs of parenthood!
    And we thought that going out would be fun….. Oh and I would love the free stuff!

  • Kim says:

    What??? You DARED go somewhere without a playground and plastic utensils? What were you THINKING? Oh that’s right….you had a momentary lapse in judgement where you thought kids actually CARE whether or not Mommy gets to eat food that isn’t wrapped in paper or comes with a toy! LOL

  • Cassie says:

    I want free stuff!!!!

    And, I loved this! There are so many restaurants I will never go to, for fear of having a picture of the mess plastered on the wall.

  • Jessica says:

    I feel the same. Although, I have a 6 month old (as long as we eat quick, she’s usually fine) and a 6 year old that eats slower than molasses in January. D’oh!

    Butterfly Buggas: the bomb.

    Have a good week!

  • JoLynn says:

    I WANT THE FREE STUFF!!!!!! That’s what you told me to say!!! I just found your blog and am LOVING it!!!! I have never laughed so hard reguarding the “Babe Ruth’s” floating in the tub!!! Been there, done that!!! You are GREAT!!!

  • Michelle says:

    All I have to say is this. Last night I ordered my first Margarita in at least two years! That lunch needed Margaritas!! (Mom to Emilia 2 and Victoria 5 months!)

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