Isabelle and I were out the door early for some medical appointments. My parents spent the morning with Ari so we had the chance to go out for lunch — just the two of us — after her appointments were finished.
“Can we go to that grill place where they have the toys I liked to play with when I was younger?” Isabelle asked.
I knew she was referring to the Chocolate Avenue Grill. It used to be one of my favorite lunch places in Hershey… until I stopped eating gluten in 2015. Now there are about five things on the menu — none of which I really want — that I can eat. However, she asked sweetly… so I said yes.
After Isabelle realized she was a bit too old for the toy bins in the foyer, we continued to our table. Isabelle and I chatted while she colored. She ate all of her food and drank her juice without me nagging her once. It was downright delightful.
Once I paid the check, we made our way through the raindrops to our minivan. Once we were inside, I turned around to check if she was buckled. I was about to say something when Isabelle said, “That was really nice. I liked having lunch with you, Mommy. Just us.”
I smiled. “I know you love your brother. We all do. But Ari is challenging to eat out with these days, isn’t he?”
“Should we do this more in the summertime?” I asked.
Isabelle nodded vigorously.
Therefore, I made a mental note to make sure we have more meals out — just the two of us. We both need it.