As my niece was staying with us for a couple of days I thought it would be a fabulous idea for us all to go out for dinner and celebrate, as I had reached a milestone with my book! This was what I had in mind – a toast before dinner, words of pride from my hubby, a “love you mummy” from my princess, hmmm this is reality not the big screen and this is how it went. We arrived at the restaurant with a very grumpy toddler (missed her afternoon sleep!) and as we all sat down to talk about the book, my princess decided to roll around on the floor with arms and legs flailing (just what every parent dreads)!
The waitress appeared with her note book, ” are you ready to place your order” my princess piped up ” CHOCOLATE CAAAAAKE” my niece sat in the corner very embarrassed (she is 13 yrs old)! My hubby looked at our princess then looked at me and rolled his eyes, that was my cue to deal with the situation. So I decided to just place our order as follows: “I would like a pair of handcuffs please, followed by a thick roll of sellotape, then I would very much like a bottle of your best … please and can you hurry as this is an emergency” The waitress just looked on with a blank expression, my princess went quiet, my hubby and niece just looked the other way… at the site of all their faces I just started laughing – at which point everyone else joined me too! The evening was an eventual success. So all though it never went quite as I imagined, my milestone was definitely marked … my princess got her chocolate cake and I had a celebratory glass of wine! Just the one mind as I had a toddler to put to bed … and believe me when I say she was not a willing participant!