This article, entitled Take Me Out Tonight comes from Erin Ferris at http://amidwesterngirlincowboycountry.blogspot.com
Tom and I went on a date last Friday night. After dropping off the kids around 6pm (we just let them fend for themselves at a nearby park), we headed downtown to Northgate, a small district right next to TAMU that features a variety of restaurants, bars, and entertainment. We feel younger and hipper when our dates are in the Northgate district, as well as when they include two destinations, so we first enjoyed a drink at Dixie Chicken and then indulged in a second drink and dinner at Corner Bar.
We knew we were expected to pick up our kids by 9pm, so with that in mind we finished dinner and started back toward our car around 8:30pm. On the way to the car we walked past Potbelly's, and I decided that a chocolate malt was the called-for nightcap that evening.
After I ordered my malt, the Potbelly employee - a woman of college-student age - looked us up and down and said, "You guys look nice tonight - you heading out?"
Tom and I looked at each other and laughed, then turned back to the woman and explained, "We ARE out. No, we take that back. We WENT out."
She looked confused, for which we couldn't and didn't blame her, because really, who's wrapping up their evening at 8:30pm on a Friday? I provided what I thought was a solid reason for the early night, explaining, "We have to go pick up our kids."
She continued to look confused, at that point - I can only assume - because she was wondering why people with kids would spend the evening in Northgate in the first place. Because we're awesome, that's why. And while that's what I told her, I'm not sure she believed me.
And then we picked up our kids, who, in case you were about to call CPS on us, were NOT at the park.
Howdy! My name is Erin, and I am a wife, mother and writer living in College Station, TX. After eight years working in fundraising and volunteer management for the American Red Cross, my family moved across the country – from Michigan to Texas, which was quite the culture shock – and I decided a change in focus should accompany my change in geography. I now spend my “free time” (while preschool is in session and during naptime) sharing my experiences and cultivating conversations about parenting, cooking and baking, home and family organization, and philanthropy and volunteerism on my personal blog, my kid-focused blog and for the American Red Cross. And I’m loving every minute of it.