It’s been awhile since the last time we did parent/child dates, and for some reason both the girls had their hearts set on crepes, so it was off to IHOP we went!
On Saturday, Halle and I went – she ordered the strawberry crepes (shown above) and since I didn’t think she’d manage to eat everything (which means mommy has to eat the leftovers) so I ordered a kiddie breakfast for myself. It was a good thing I’d planned ahead, because I ended up eating about 25% of her breakfast!
We had originally wanted to play ‘Chutes & Ladders’ while we ate, but they only gave us a teensy table. Since it was pretty busy at that time, we just ate and left.
Then I brought her, since she’s a geek like me, to a comic book shop and steered her toward the family-friendly rack. Nope. She wasn’t having any of that. She wanted a ‘big girl’ comic and insisted I check over the less gory ones she wanted. After finding nothing but gratuitous sex and gore, I convinced her that family-friendly was the way to go, and luckily we found a relatively tame Ultimate Spiderman and a nice Scooby-Doo Team-up with Batman & Robin!
Then it was a Star Trek comic for me (which Halle will probably commandeer at some point) and we picked up a Strawberry Shortcake and a Mickey Mouse for Zanna.
At the register we had a Teachable Moment. There were plastic busts of Spiderman, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Halle asked which was my favorite.
I said Wonder Woman (of course) and she asked me why. I told her that I didn’t think it was fair that the male figures got to wear nice warm clothes, but that Wonder Woman was forced to wear such skimpy clothes and it looked like she was so cold! “That’s what we call gender-based discrimination, honey. Can you say that?” “Gender-based disbriminator!” “Good job, honey!”
And we walked out, heads held high past the bemused (female – they should KNOW better!) counter clerks.
Then it was off to home.
On Sunday, It was Zanna’s turn for crepes with mommy, so we went EXTRA early this time – sure enough, IHOP was half empty so I requested a larger table so we could spread out the ‘Chutes & Ladders’ game board. Zanna ordered the blueberry crepes plate (just as big as Halle’s) and again I resigned myself to the kiddie plate, just in case.
We managed a good two games – she won once and I won once, but the real fun was in watching her eat her crepes. (Halle’s style had been what I call “The Waterfall”. She held the long dangling crepe high above her mouth and chomped from the bottom.)
Zanna’s technique is what I’d call “Python Eating Mouse”. She’d meticulously cut a long strip of crepe, stick one end in her mouth and slowly, bite by bite, draw the crepe into her mouth, like a python eating a mouse bit by bit with the tail hanging out and slowly disappearing. She even did cute little snake wiggles in her seat as she ate.
I was pretty glad I’d finished my food earlier, because it was quite off-putting to watch. She looked SO happy doing it though! She insisted on taking her time because “If it tastes really good, you should take your time so you can enjoy it longer!”
When she’d finally finished devouring her meal, we went to Trader Joe’s for the grocery shopping and HUZZAH!!! We clocked in at just under $85! (our goal is under $100, so ‘Yay us!’)
Then it was home again.