Last Wednesday the Providinator called to ask if we had money for a little family dinner outing. He wanted to go to the pet store for an algae eater for his classroom fish tank. Since kids love pet stores (especially kids without pets), he though we could all go together, grab dinner somewhere quick, get the fish, and then head back to his school to put it in the tank before the school was locked. Naturally, since I was in my usual mealplanless state, I hunted down a local deli-chain (where kids eat free on Wednesdays) and gave the plan a thumbs up.
When I picked the kids up after school, I told them that we were going out for dinner at a restaurant. I wanted them to hurry and get ready so we could leave as soon as the Providinator got home from his faculty meeting. After all, the Kids Eat Free thing started at 4 PM, and it really would be a crime to get there a moment later to snag our free food.
Of course, they ignored me and started playing. Eventually, I hollered, “GET DRESSED! We’re going to a REST-AUR-ANT!”
Now, you should know that we don’t eat out very often. And you should know, based on the fact that we have three small kids, that when we DO eat out, most of the restaurants we go to are . . . um . . McDonalds. So I don’t know if my urgent tone sent the message that “REST-AUR-ANT” was going to be something more spectacular than an order at the counter deli, or if they just don’t get out much, but this is what they came out in.
They were so precious that I couldn’t even tell them that they looked a bit overdressed. The few looks we got at the restaurant and the pet store were totally worth it.
And you know, if you just roll with it, going out to a deli with your family and buying a fish really can be a special occasion.