Just a simple "Little Princess" moment

I don't really do a lot of posts about my personal life or the daily goings on with the Little Princess (who is not quite 2 and 1/2 years old) but, sometimes those little moments make me smile. And this is one simple little moment.

We went out of town this past weekend. We went to a restaurant for dinner. Now, the Princess is VERY used to eating out. We have been taking her out to all levels of dining since she was about 10 weeks old. We have done a LOT of mystery shops for restaurants and she always comes with us.

We have worked very hard at teaching her how to behave at a restaurant and she does great. We have had so many wait staff people come up to us and tell us how amazingly well behaved she is. It really wasn't a choice for us, we earn money doing this and she had to learn right away how to act. We rarely even think of leaving her with a babysitter. She comes with us 95% of the time (unless a shop requires 'no children allowed').

One of the things that is kind of funny is a lot of the time the waitresses won't bring her a silverware setting or they will just bring her a spoon. The Princess learned how to use a fork at the age of one so, we always have to ask for a full silverware set for her. Well, apparently the Princess is tired of this fact and informed the waitress that she needed a fork please. The waitress was stunned and looked at us. We nodded that she was correct, she needed a fork. So, the waitress brought her a rolled set of silverware. The princess immediately unrolled it, handed me the knife and then folded her napkin and put her fork and spoon on it. She is very observant and likes to copy us big time.

When she was done with her meal, the first waitstaff person that approached our table was handed her plate and she told them, "Done with dinner. Please take my plate." Fortunately the person smiled and thought it was cute and took her plate even though she wasn't our waitress.

When the waitress returned with our check she asked if we enjoyed our meal. I said, "Yes, everything was wonderful. Thank you." The princess heard my response and then informed any person near our table (waitstaff and customer) in a rather loud voice, "Thank you for my food!".

After her telling about 15 people, "Thank you for my food!" we finally left. Of course many of these poor people also had to put up with several rousing choruses of "B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o Eee-I-Eee-I-Ooo!!". She adds "e-i-e-i-o" to the end of every song she sings these days.

So, if any of you were at the restaurant and had to endure the singing, I do apologize. We are working on the "no singing at the dinner table" rule now.

7 comments :

  1. That is too cute! I love the comment about her handing you the knife. You should be proud! My boys also learned at a very early age how to comport themselves when we dined out. On the rare evenings I eat out I get so irritated when there are children running around or just being obnoxious and their parents just sit there and completely ignore their children’s behavior. Singing BINGO is cute as opposed to chidlren running around, yelling, throwing food or coming over and standing at my table while I am trying to eat. Yes, all that has happened and those instances were at quality dining establishments! Not too long ago I went out to lunch with come colleagues and there were four teenage girls dining with three adult women and those girls were so unbelievably loud and actually ran en masse to the ladies room and back all talking at the top of their lungs. When they left you could almost feel the quiet! Gosh, I hope that does not make me sound old and crotchety!

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  2. LOL! I remember many moons ago being a struggling waitress in an Italian family restaurant. I was headed out of the kitchen with 5 hot spaghetti dinners (3 down one arm and 2 on the other)- coming right at me between tables were 2 little boys on SKATEBOARDS. I had to literally dive between 2 tables hitting the floor so as not to burn a patron. It wasn't pretty. The parents took offense at the idea of reprimanding their children. After all, they WERE paying to eat there- and apparently also to terrorize other diners and waitstaff! Yay for the Princess! Sing away!
    xoxo Pattie

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  3. Your little Princess sounds darling! She also sounds very well behaved, and I always enjoy a good round of B-I-N-G-O! Oh how I miss all of that. Our "little princess" is 21!

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  4. What a cute story.. she is such a doll and so well behaved. I truly think parents should be ashamed for not making their children behave in public. Sometimes you have 'moments' but to just ignore bad behavior is wrong. Starting her out at an early age she has learned much. PS I love B I N GO !!!! eieio!

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  5. Oh I LOVED this story. I run a home daycare and what they come up with just melts my heart...One little boy used to call me My Angie instead of Miss Angie..he has stopped..SIGH..He's three now,,I guess he is growing up..I do miss the My Angie though...

    We LOVE BINGO song,,plus Firetruck. If you have never heard it, google it on You Tube. Let me tell ya, it's addictive,,LOL

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  6. That is a fun story - so very cute! You'll be glad you recorded it, so you will always remember that moment in time!

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  7. I love it and would have been so glad to eat with a happy child!
    Happy Spring!
    Hugs, Lisa

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