One of my BEST dates!

Monday, August 6, 2007
Me and my date just before we left for brunch. Isn't he handsome?



Sunday morning Harry (my 6 year old) came downstairs when he woke up and asked me if I would like to go on a "date" with him to a very nice Inn for brunch. Imagine my surprise as this is one of my favorite things to do. Of course, I said yes! He told me that we had 10:45 reservations and that we needed to wear, "nice clothes but not too fancy." So, we both went to get dressed for our date. Harry actually wanted to wear a sport coat but it was too small. When we went to get in the car, he opened my door. We chatted animatedly (he in his car seat in back) as I drove to the Inn. He kept rehearsing saying, "We are here for our 10:45 reservations under the name of Harry Pretendlastname." It was adorable. I saw Dad coaching him a little bit before we left but I had no idea how much ground they had covered.
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When we arrived at the Inn (a few minutes early) he approached the maitre d' and told him that we had a reservation for 10:45. The kind gentleman directed us to a sitting room to have some tea. Harry had herbal apple-cinnamon and I had a decaf coffee. We talked about him going into first grade and who his teacher might be and who might be in his class. When we were seated Harry made sure to let me walk ahead of him and he tried to pull out my chair (the maitre d' beat him to it). Harry even ordered himself a "decaf" coffee (this was a first). The whole restaurant watched as he poured sugar in the raw into his "coffee." I looked across the table at his tiny freckled nose and his smiling eyes and I thought, "I wish I could freeze this moment in my mind forever." He was the sweetest, cutest little date I have ever had. I told him that his wife is going to be the luckiest woman in the whole world!

Harry is allergic to many foods but I let him have a few things he usually avoids. He is not allergic to chocolate that we know of but he is allergic to the things that chocolate comes in (ice cream, pies, cakes). Anyway, he had some chocolate and said, "Mom, I am going to throw up!" When Harry says this, he means it and it is coming FAST! We stood up and ran as fast as we could out of the restaurant and to the restroom. I felt so bad for him because I didn't want it to ruin this magical time we were having. I was also afraid he was going to get sick in the middle of this very nice restaurant while people were enjoying a quiet Sunday brunch! We made it to the restroom in the nick of time and Harry did get a little sick. Chocolate always does that to him.

When the bill arrived, the waitress handed it to Harry. He beamed with pride as he showed me the pocketful of cash he had to pay for our date. Dad told him to look at the bottom of the check to see how much it cost and then to ask Mom to help figure out the tip. He did all of this beautifully.

Afterwards, we walked around the Inn and looked at the geese and the pond. We held hands and sat on a swing and made a wish in a fountain. He said, "Mom, are all of your dates with Dad this good?"

I LOVE my little Harry! This was one of the best dates a girl could ever go on. I understand (according to Dad's plan) that this is the first in a series of "Kim Appreciation" events planned by my dear husband. I think a date with Will is next. Stay tuned.


46 comments:

  1. Ohmygosh - this post absolutely melted my heart! I am in awe of Harry, his thoughtfulness, and his determination to make this the best date ever. You are all so lucky to have each other! Again - I love this post!
    ~Lynn

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  2. OMW......I am all teary eyed....that was just beautiful!

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  3. Beautiful picture, and sweet, sweet, sweet date! Your husband (and son) are very thoughtful!

    My now 7 year old and I go on 'dates', but not quite as nice as that. Usually cheap eats and a movie, but we treasure them!

    My DH takes my now 13 year old daughter on Daddy/Daughter Dates. Special times.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh, that is the sweetest thing!! I'm so glad you got a picture before you left...even though you would have remembered this even w/out a photo!!

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  5. Tears in my eyes...what a sweet son you have (and hubby too) I know you totally enjoyed your "date" with your handsome, thoughtful little man.

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  6. Hi Kim, I think that's the sweetest thing I've ever heard! You are one lucky mom!!

    Snick :)

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  7. What a perfect gentleman, I am so impressed. I love it when our young men give us a glimpse of who they will be when they are grown. What a fine man he will be. And how he loves his Mother!

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  8. That's SO sweet Kim!!!

    That Harry is such a CUTIE!

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  9. I have been following your blog for quite some time as we are awaiting our referral to adopt our daughter from China (LID 11/28). However, I just had to comment on THIS post. That is the most adorable thing I have heard in quite some time. (I have twin eight year old boys, so it really touched me!) You have a beautiful family!

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  10. Kim,

    I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who got teary-eyed reading this incredible post! It is just so precious to picture all that you described. A date you'll never forget! Congratulations to your husband for coming up with such a thoughtful idea.

    Jennifer,
    mother to Adrienne LiHua

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  11. so, so sweet! What a date to cherish forever! I am glad you got such a cute photo to capture the moment!

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  12. Too cute!! Does your husband give lessons? You and I have spoken before about the importance of these things and the men they will become as a result of these precious moments...just perfect!

    Heather

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  13. That is absolutely priceless! What a gentleman Harry is! I know a sweet little girl in Atlanta who will be looking for a thoughtful fella just like him someday ~~ way ~~ way off in the future :D Harry must have been brimming from ear to ear to be "the man"!I am sure the memory will last a lifetime for Harry too :D

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  14. How precious. A moment you will surely never forget! What a sweet boy you have. And, what a wonderful husband you have for arranging it for the both of you.

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  15. OMG! I love to read your blog don't remember if I ever commented before. But just had to tell you that your children are just adorable and your boys have a real big heart.

    That was so sweet!

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  16. Oh Kim, I'm actually crying while reading this. The sweet innocence of it all. It's a beautiful picture to remember such a beautiful moment in time.

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  17. Amazing!! I'm teary eyed too. AND I'm going to let my husband read this! Hint Hint...

    Lynn

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  18. Wow!! I have tears! That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard. What a sweet memory to hold forever.

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  20. Wow, Kim, I have tears in my eyes!

    What an incredible son -- and husband -- you have. You are so right that someday he is going to make a wonderful husband.

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  21. aww..sounds absolutely wonderful. What a wonderful ime you must have had.

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  22. There is nothing better than Mother/Son time!! What a special bond!!!

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  23. Ahhhh, this just melted my heart. I see why you wanted to freeze the moment. I would too.

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  24. What a date! Thanks for the comment you left me! :)

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  25. Oh my goodness, that is absolutely beautiful. What a truly wonderful family you have. I have never heard of this before, it's a brilliant idea. The detail and execution must have taken a lot of planning.

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  26. That is too precious. My girls love their date time with daddy. I can't wait until my little guy gets the whole date thing with mom!

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  27. Absolutely the most precious things I have ever heard in my life. I love checking in on your family. Look forward to it everyday! Thank you for sharing these precious moments with all of us.

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  28. What a sweet young man you have there!

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  29. The whole story is adorable. I love how your husband taught him what to do, esp. with the bill! Funny, and how well Harry learned his role. Sounds like a wonderful memory (except for the chocolate).

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  30. I'm teary eyed too...women have told me of the incredible bond between a momma and her son -- now I have glimpsed it. Really beautiful. Really.

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  31. I happened on your blog and that warmed my heart beyond belief. Thank you so much for sharing such an intimate part of your life with us. You are blessed. Blessed indeed.

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  32. Oh Kim,

    You are such a good mommy! And your son is being raised to be a really great man! How sweet he is! I love hearing about your family :)!

    Amy

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  33. Harry,

    What a wonderful day you planned for your very lucky mother! You are such a special young man.

    I hope to meet you some day soon!

    TJ

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  34. How sweet..
    I got teary eyed on that one..
    What a great little boy..
    Have a great day.
    Kim

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  35. This is probably the sweetest thing I've read in a long time! What a gentleman Harry is!!! And your other two are adorable as well! Beautiful picture!!!

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog! I did make the banner myself and just changed the background colors. As for the blog buttons, I did a few of those as well. I like to do them in my spare time:). Your blog looks great! I love your banner!

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  36. The men in your life are just too sweet. I'm full of tears reading about your date.

    You are truly blessed.

    Peggy

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  37. What a sweet thing!!! You have taught your sons the most important things in life and it shows in so many ways. You are so right when you say they will have lucky wives!!! Can't wait to hear about the next date!!!

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  38. Okay, totally crying here! This was such a beautiful story - thanks for sharing!

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  39. What an incredibly sweet little boy!! His wife certainly will be a very lucky woman! I absolutely loved this post and the sweet and tender side it truly captures of little Harry!

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  40. This story just moved me so much, what a sweet story, no wonder there are 40 comments before mine!

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  41. Kim,

    What a wonderful day!!! You should be so proud that both you and Dave are training your boys to be respectful men and eventually incredible husbands. We need more parents like you.

    I know you enjoy each of your children for their uniquenesses and special ways. I am glad you got this perfect day with Harry.

    Can't wait to hear about your upcoming dates AND dates between Kate and Dave. :o)

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  42. This is just the best post I have ever read. I want to be you when I grow up!

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  43. This is absolutely delightful. What a wonderful son, an awesome Dad and beautiful Mom. Thank you.

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  44. Hi Kim!
    OMGosh - Tell Harry to save a date for Ainsley! What a cute couple they would make... If not, I hope she marries someone just like him!
    What a blessing your little man is!
    I look forward to hearing about your date with Will!
    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Blessings,
    Diana

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  45. Ok Kim, this one brought me to tears. What a wonderful young man you and Dave are raising. You should be one proud mama!
    Kim and Katiebug

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