Rick and I are forever optimistic about going out to dinner with our four children.
By Sunday at 4:30 pm on a very cold February day, we could no longer take the mess, the chaos and Chase’s incessant whining. So we thought, “Let’s go out to dinner! Maybe the restaurant ambiance will get his mind off his misery. Kids love to be out and about.”
This reasoning, of course, makes no sense. Because if you take a quick check of your Parenting 101 book, you’ll see on page 27 it clearly states, “The last place you want a tired, whiny toddler is in a restaurant. Do not attempt this.”
But our optimism isn’t squelched by a little reality.
Off we go.
32 minutes later, I learned the answer to the following question…
Q: How do you know when it’s time to leave a restaurant?
A: When your 21-month-old had dumped his head in the restaurant fountain.
I tried to stop Chase after he did it the first time but my salmon sashimi was so delicious. My reaction time may have been a bit slow.
I took this photo as soon as I got home – while his hair was still fountain fresh. I would have taken it at the restaurant but once your kid has screamed in his high chair until you’ve caved and taken him out, he’s tromped through the place and then dumped his head in a fountain multiple times, it’s best to vacate quickly.
So dinner didn’t exactly work out.
But next time. Oh my gosh next time, it’s going to be great. I just know it.