AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Mr. Richard's unwavering curiosity DATE: 5/11/2008 09:50:00 AM ----- BODY:
It's not even 10:00 AM and I've already had my Mother's Day card, present, and breakfast. Gone are the days when a celebratory breakfast didn't even dream of starting until after CBS Sunday Morning.

Bird was a very sweet boy and got me a card and a trip to the Aveda Spa. Smart little guy.

We tried to go to the Farmer's Market for breakfast, but they weren't open yet. That's how early we were out and about this morning. Making the most of Bird's awake time.

Instead, we ate at the iHop near the college campus here in town. Usually it is slammed on a Sunday morning, but we learned that it's still pretty empty at 7:00.

Our waiter was a ridiculously friendly man whose nametag read "Mr. Richard." He cooed over Christopher, commented on our sling, and asked how much he weighed at birth.

In fact, he had many questions about his birth and other things. Throughout our breakfast, he asked:

"Was it a difficult birth?"

"Did it take you a long time?"

"How much did you dilate on your own?"

"Why didn't you dilate all the way on your own?"

"Did you get some of the spinal drugs?"

"What did they do to make you dilate?"

"I thought women were supposed to do that on their own. What makes them dilate?"

"Is this your first baby?"

"Are you two going to have another one?"

"Why?"

"Why not?"

"Oh. Is he a lot older than you?"

"How old are you?"

At one point, I started to get pretty irritated that I was being barraged with all of these really personal questions. Mr. Richard would not let up on us one bit.

As I started to bitch about it, I couldn't help but laugh. Guy raised his eyebrow at me and asked what was so funny.

I said, "I'm bitching about a stranger being all up in my business."

"Yeah, so?"

"Dude. I blog. I put my business out there for strangers everyday. Why should it bother me that Mr. Richard has some weird sort of curiosity? Like I care?"

I blog.

So go ahead. Ask me anything, Mr. Richard.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Gerbil DATE:Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10:48:00 AM EDT hah hah! Maybe Mrs Richard is pregnant and he's preparing for The Day??

And, too funny about the blog observation. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous whymommy DATE:Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 3:51:00 PM EDT Oh, I think it's different. Out here, in the internet, you can close it down and leave when you want to, right? You don't have to be here hungry, and tired, or with hair falling out of place. At iHop, you're kind of trapped.

Love the juxtoposition, though!

Happy Mother's Day! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Candygirlflies DATE:Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 4:46:00 PM EDT Okay. Now I'M all curious about Mr. Richard!

I probably would have responded by asking HIM a bunch of inappropriate questions...

But then, I'm kind of odd that way.

Happy Mother's Day, Canape!

xo CGF ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Clifford DATE:Monday, May 12, 2008 at 12:36:00 AM EDT Shoulda told him you and sig other got hammered last night, passed out in an alley, and woke up with a kid lying there.

Bonus points for awkward IHOP experiences...woohoo! I don't think you're allowed to work @ The House unless you have severe social dysfunction anyway. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Monday, May 12, 2008 at 6:15:00 AM EDT And HAPPY (late) Mothers Day! I hope you had an awesome one. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Monday, May 12, 2008 at 6:15:00 AM EDT All I can do is laugh.. aren't our own double standards the worse? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Becki DATE:Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 4:42:00 PM EDT Very interesting take on it :) ----- --------