This kid of mine … she is the definition of social. She wants to be going and doing or having someone come visit her. ALL. The.Time. Whenever she makes a new friend at the park or the gym, she will ask her friend to have her mommy talk to my mommy about setting up a playdate. The more the better. She is friendly with everyone from the grumpy-looking old lady at the grocery store to the cute young guy at Target and especially any kid even near her own age. She remembers people too. “There’s Emily. She went to swim lessons with me. Hi Emily!!!”
So she was a bit disappointed last Friday when I told her we didn’t really have any plans when she asked what we were doing that evening. “I think Grammy should come over. And Papa. And Gaga. And Gigi.” I said that was fine by me and suggested she call her guests and invite them. I really had nothing on hand for dinner, but I guessed we could figure something out. So Tabby called Grammy and invited her to dinner.
Grammy asked what we were having for dinner and Tabby asked me. As Ben had just coughed so hard he’d thrown up, I responded with, “I don’t know … at this point, probably pizza from down the block!” Then she asked Tabby if she could bring anything.
“No,” says Tabby, “Just bring yourself. No wait. How about a salad?” Gaga, Papa and Gigi were likewise invited.
After nap, we talked a bit more about her dinner party. She was happy with pizza but she wanted to set the table. So I helped her get out the paint chip placemats and some cloth napkins. She very carefully paired placemats with complimentary napkins and told me who each combo was for. I suggested she make place cards to set at each place so people would know who she had set the place for. I lightly penciled the names and she traced over them and then decorated them with stickers.
Around five, we talked about ordering the pizza. What kind should we get? Tabby rattled off everyone’s favorite type of pizza and Daddy placed the order and Tabby delegated pickup him and Ben and Papa. The pizza paired with Grammy’s salad was very nice and Tabby helped me pull some chocolate chip cookie dough (homemade) out of the freezer to give everyone a nice dessert.
I think it’s fair to say a good time was had by all.