I knew I was in a fancy place just by looking at the waiter's attire: Size 4 Perry the Platypus underpants. His name was Tocular. He carried a pencil and a pad of paper on which he claims to have written down my order. Listening to him reel off the specials was enough to win my vote as best restaurant ever. Wav-ee-o-wees were his top pick for the evening, so I went with his suggestion. When I inquired about his unusual name, he replied, "It's only my name when I'm a waiter or cooker. Not all the time." Interesting.
My son and I played restaurant for about an hour last night. Watching him run from where I sat at the kitchen table to his little "cook station" next to the refrigerator at full speed every other minute was the BEST. He kept offering different meals like waffles with kiwis, salad with banana dressing, banana splits. Mostly everything had a banana in it because that's all the fruit we currently have in the house. That's my boy. Always using whatever resources he has available. I stayed for about four days worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
When we were done playing, I asked him to help me make REAL dinner. He was so excited. He helped me spread the butter on the garlic bread and rip up the lettuce for salad. His favorite part was using the salad spinner. Although, he got tired after a while and started pushing the spinny part with his foot...and then he sat on it. Hey, if Kramer can have a garbage disposal in his shower, a little butt-spinned salad is nothin'. Especially if it's a 3-year-old butt...they're so cute, they don't even count.
When it came time to eat, my son was so proud of himself. He set the table and asked everyone to wash up. He got up on his seat and kneeled up as high as he could. He MADE this dinner for his family. He smiled and explained everything on the menu with full gusto. I think it was the first time we didn't have to remind him to eat. He savored every bite while watching all of us do the same. It was the best dining experience I've had in a while...but now I'm oddly craving a banana split.