Ok, lunch is on me!
Uh…not literally on me….although, having held Booger Baby after dinner, dinner IS on me.
I’m going to take you to one of our favorite little restaurants. It’s a little Italian place. Do you like Italian? I hope so – this place is just truly sublime and I wanted to pick a place that would minister to you. I’ve arranged the child care, so you don’t have to even think about the Little Kiddles for a while. Just sit and enjoy lunch with me.
The tables are all private and there is a lovely little gas fireplace right there on the side. Look at that salad bar! They make all their own breads here. So all those garlic parmesan croutons?? They’re home made. Oh and this garlic dressing is so creamy and just the PERFECT amount of garlic. (You KNOW – strong enough to offend strangers, not so strong your husband won’t kiss you at bedtime. That’s what I said, isn’t it? The PERFECT amount.) Here – fill your plate. If you like seafood – this seafood salad right here is unforgettable! You will hurt someone to have it again, trust me.
Don’t you love these little dividers that make each table seem like a private little cozy place? Me too. Oh – here comes Tricia. She’s been our waitress here for EVER. Ok, this is my recommendation for lunch – try their combo plate. It’s got lasagna, their ravioli – and honey, Chef Boyardee sins every time he hears about this stuff! oh and a sample of their lemon chicken picata. OH MY. If Jeff could figure out how to make me taste like this, he’d dress me up in feathers for the rest of my born days!! Sound okay? Good, we’ll just share one – it’ll leave room for their dessert combo too. Hey, I’m just the woman to take good care of you. I’ve got this all figured out. If you’re still hungry when we’re done, we’ll get an espresso to share, too. (REAL espresso – the kind that will make your hair stand on end from caffeine overload. I always ask for extra whipped cream and extra chocolate. I’m a light weight on this stuff.)
Let’s just sit here a second…the music is quiet…the fire is crackling…isn’t this nice? Don’t you feel like an adult again? I know, I just love coming here. You know, I’m looking forward to bringing you back in the summer. They open the patio up – it’s gorgeous. The big umbrellas and the fountains – they end up sounding like music. The FLOWERS! The whole place is just LUSH with color. I just know you’ll love that!
I’m so glad you could come today….I’ve been looking forward to it all week long. Where shall we start? Shall we talk about mothering? Being a wife? chocolate? They DO have a killer chocolate tiramisu here. Finances? God? Natural health? What?! What do YOU want to talk about first? I’m all yours. Any wisdom I might have is yours for the picking! What shall we talk about?
Dear Ladies, I understand that you need to know I’ve been there – the likelihood is that I’ve been there and totally blown it (but still lived to tell about it)! 😉 I know you want to know I understand how you feel. OH HONEY, believe me, I remember the feelings of those days – I don’t presume to think that I know EXACTLY how you feel (and I can assure you, you don’t want to feel the things I did. There were days I was a total wreck. W.R.E.C.K.) AND any wisdom – any grace – that has been granted to me, you may partake of freely.
But, what weighs most heavily? Where do you feel like you are needing the support and encouragement to do this grand task of mothering/wife-ing/home schooling/house keeping…well, maybe not this one so much/natural health – what I lack in the other one, I can make up here/what ever else I might have forgotten…OH DUH – chocolate and coffee? (WHAT was I thinking?!) If, indeed, we were going to have lunch together, what specifically would you want to discuss?
Well, thanks for joining me. I enjoyed our lunch together. I’m looking forward to many more times like this… Oh – you might want this, too. Leftovers. 😉