Yesterday evening, I was putting on my coat, and Bill was buckling the baby in her seat when the phone rang. The restaurant where we had dinner reservations at 6 pm was calling to apologize, but the entire place had been booked for a private party, and they couldn't accommodate us that night. Had this guy waited another minute to call us, we would have been out the door.
We went to the Kansas City Originals website to look for another restaurant. This website is great:
The Kansas City Originals exists to promote dining in local independent area restaurants, to provide diners with a unique local flavor and to raise awareness of independent restaurants both locally and nationally.
I totally dig that idea. When we traveled out here from Virginia last summer, we stopped at chain restaurant after chain restaurant. It was fine, because I needed to feed little children and didn't need any extra stress related to noses turned up at the different ways individual chefs prepare similar dishes. McDonalds chicken nuggets in Ohio taste just like McDonalds chicken nuggets in Missouri.
But when we got to town, I pointed to the local Applebees and said, "We will never eat there." And so far, we haven't. We don't go out often, but when we have, it has been to privately owned places (although we have done take out pizza and an occasional chicken nugget lunch at nationally known chains).
So, last night we picked another place and off we went. It is so nice to eat at a place that does not have a children's menu. Mary was the only person in the joint under 25. She received lots and lots of attention, and behaved perfectly. She made me look like a fantastic mother. There was a pregnant woman dining nearby, and I really hope it's not her first. She'll be sadly mistaken that babies are really easy, and cry herself to sleep when her little one doesn't sit nicely for twenty minutes quietly babbling a chorus of "uh-BUH-buh-buh" before settling down to discreetly nurse to sleep and allow herself to be placed on the upholstered bench next to mom.
Babies, by the way, kill the social life of a woman. I haven't been hit on for ten years. If you are a single woman looking for love, do not take your little niece or nephew out in public.
But babies do wonders for men. I don't know why it is, but single women flock to guys with babies. My husband, who is a dashing fellow, has been hit on more times in the last ten years than he ever was in his whole bachelor life. And the more children he has, the more attractive he becomes. Go figure.
Apparently, single gay men also are attracted to men with babies. I did not hear the man, who was obviously flirting with my husband, when he asked, "Yours?" If I had, I would have quickly said, "Oh, we're just friends," just to see if my husband could have scored a phone number. But Bill proudly admitted to being the father of six and ruined any fun.
All in all, it was a pleasant evening out. The house was trashed when we got home (why did I bother to straighten up before the babysitter came?), but everybody was happy.