Date Night

My wife and I have tried to go on a ‘date’ almost every Friday since we were married (10 years ago).

Usually Leslie and I like to go to a decent, but not overly exotic restaurant, something like Applebees or Red Lobster or their local independent equivalent. A place where I can get a Pina Colada, we can share a funky appetizer, and the menus are (hopefully) paper/cardboard instead of plastic, or worse, a sign hanging over the cash register.

But things have changed a bit with the advent of one, two, then three kids.

Tonight our daughter, Katie (age 6) was demanding to get to choose the dinner destination, which we haven’t let her do for months. She quickly announced that it would be Pizza Hut. There was much cajoling and attempted bribery by Leslie and I (“Katie, if we go to [someplace good], we’ll let you get a movie afterwards…”) But nothing could sway her.

Then Danny (age 4.5) started crying that he didn’t like Pizza Hut. Danny is actually a pretty good eater, and willing to go to moderately exotic places that Leslie and I like. But Danny got fixated on the McDonalds that was right next to the Pizza Hut we were pulling up to.

So we had one kid in hysterics, crying for McDonalds, the other demanding Pizza Hut, and Leslie and I seriously trying to persuade Katie to give up Pizza Hut in favor of McDonalds (’cause at least there’d be less crying that way). Anyways, I think it’s the first time I’ve advocated McDonald’s as a date night destination.

We ended up going to Pizza Hut.

6 Responses to “Date Night”

  1. Viridian Says:

    I’ve got three of my own, so I can seriously sympathize. I’m trying my best to wean them off McDonald’s though – that stuff is seriously bad for you.

  2. Phil Steinmeyer Says:

    It’s the combination of free toys with the Happy Meals, sundaes, and the Playland that make for a very strong appeal to a 5 year old

  3. Paul Says:

    I read this and it made me laugh. My wife and I have had a similar Friday night date tradition (including our kids as well). We tried alternating who got to pick every week but after one rotation we realized we’d end up at McDonald’s three weeks in a row (the kids) and then two weeks of something else (us). Luckily after a couple rotations the kids now seem to choose slightly better (though pizza is still popular). Unfortunately the average bill has gone up as well. ;)

  4. Dawn Says:

    Wondering if Leslie is my roomie from Indiana University? Would love to hear from her, if so.

  5. Phil Steinmeyer Says:

    I know one of her college roomates at I.U. was Dawn, so I’m guessing yes. I’ll pass on your e-mail address to her…

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