Did you know my husband is an Apple gadget junkie? Every chance he gets, he comes home with the latest model of iPhone, iPod Tounch or iPad. Whatever is the newest and the shiniest he’ll buy it! Even when we first started dating, he was so unnerved I didn’t have a cell phone, he ran out and got me one – just an excuse to get another gadget! I was furious as I still very much liked using pay phones!
This annoys me to no end because my children are following suit. They are ages 8, 7, and 3 and we can’t even go to a restaurant without one of them crying over who has the iTouch!!!
One of my all time favourite American restaurants is part of a chain of what used to be called Houston’s. Each now has been renamed and it’s hard to keep track of them in every city! Anyhow, we found one in Austin called Bartlett’s and went to lunch there today.
To me, their menu reminds me of home, comfort and relaxation, at least something enjoyable. However, going to restaurants with my kids poses a real challenge as they don’t understand waiting time between ordering and receiving your food, usually with mommy it’s immediate. Entertainment is key and packing the right activity bag is even more important.
So yesterday, we were in such a hurry, I pulled a rookie move, and forgot to pack anything for the restaurant. We sit down and the kids are clambering for one of Jeff’s gadgets, it’s annoying as they are squealing, hitting, fighting, and biting to get to one of these things. The waiter feels my frustration and, like an angel, appears at the table with 3 Etch A Sketches. “Ahhhhhh!” I shrieked with joy as my children stopped fighting and sat down politely to get their very own Etch to play with. Needless to say, lunch was delightful as each one of my children showed me what designs they were making.
We challenged their abilities with squares, rectangles, and even rectangles! It was fantastic fun! I even got into the action and made my very own picture…my lunch! A Cheesburger loaded with pickles, onions, tomatoes with fries on the side!
Thank you Etch A Sketch!