It's a life thing. When we left Houston, I had a newborn baby and a 5 1/2 year old. The last year I lived there, I had one older preschooler, who was in preschool all day twice a week, which in mom language translates to, "Coffee, anyone?" In addition to that, if a friend and I wanted to head out for lunch after Bible study, with the preschoolers in tow, we could hope to have a semi-adult conversation while the four-year-olds played on the Chick-Fil-A playset or engaged in four-year-old silliness.
Fast forward to the present. I now have a two-and-a-half year old son. One of my good friends works pretty-much full time. Another homeschools, so she has three kids at home all the time. Lunch dates or shopping excursions with either of them is a rarity. Another is home with a soon-to-be two-year-old son. Today after Bible study, throwing caution to the wind, I asked this friend, "Wanna have coffee?" "Sure," she innocently replied.
You will have to take my word that the following events really happened, since I couldn't hack into the security camera feed:
11:07 Pull into the Duncan Donuts (this is New England after all).
11:08 Corral the laughing boys inside the store.
11:09 Wait in line while chasing my son. The good mother reminds her son that he can't be as wild as my son.
11:10 Wait in line some more while resigning myself to the fact that Kyle is going to either run around the room or flail and scream as I try to hold him.
11:12 Place order. Since I can't hold a flailing, screaming child while paying, I let him run.
11:14 Squeeze into a table for two using the single high chair for the younger child and letting the older and wilder child
11:18 Convince younger child that even though Kyle is still not sitting in his chair, he must adhere to the rules of etiquette anyway and stay in his high chair.
11:19 With the help of sugared-up toddlers, decide that we've had as much fun as we can take.
11:20 Watch as Kyle finally causes his younger "brother" to stumble by leading him, full run, to the back of the store.
My friend and I made another coffee date when we left. We'll meet up in September 2009 when Kyle starts Kindergarten.