Flat Stanley had the best day, he got to go out to lunch with Papa’s mom, Grandma T; and share her 96th birthday with her!
As we made our way up the ramp inside the heavy door which Grandma T INSISTED on holding for everyone, we found ourselves in a beautiful Irish Restaurant. The walls were covered in dark wood that made it really warm and inviting.
The signs on the walls were fun to read, and they made everyone at the table giggle as we walked by. The walls were covered in signs and little plaques. Our favorite was right over our own table.
“Money is the root of all evil, men need roots.”
“Yes we do!” Auntie Elaine said with a chuckle. If you remember, Auntie Elaine is Papa’s sister. She came up from Virginia to celebrate their mom’s birthday this week.
Flat Stanley climbed up into the seat and was ready to eat! He was hungry. Everyone was.
We ordered an app, not the kind of app on a cell phone, but an appetizer. It’s a small snack that comes to the table before your meal. Only this “app” was anything but small! It was calamari, which is a fancy name for squid and Flat Stanley wasn’t sure if he’d like to try it. But, it was delicious! Flat Stanley is an adventurous eater. He likes to try new things. Do you?
Flat Stanley ordered the seafood pie. It was baked seafood covered in mashed cauliflower and browned just a little to make it crispy on top. Papa ordered the same thing as Flat Stanley!
When the waitress brought the food, she told Papa it was hot, but Papa must not have heard her because he burned the roof of his mouth on the HOT Potatoes. Poor Papa. The ice cubes from his water helped sooth his pain. Flat Stanley was very careful to blow on his seafood pie.
Flat Stanley caught Papa stealing some baked schrod fish from Grandma T’s plate. He looked a little guilty.
The best part of the meal came after everyone leaned back and said they were so very full they couldn’t eat another bite. Have you ever felt like that?
Well, there we were, leaned back in our “full to the brim” mode, when the waitress came singing “Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday to youuuuu.. Happy Birthday dear Moooooom,” Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu…”
Flat Stanley helped Grandma T blow her candle out.
It was a sweet afternoon, but Flat Stanley knew that it was about to get way sweeter!
Everyone that was so full and couldn’t eat another bite just seconds before suddenly grabbed a spoon and completely devoured the frozen pie made with Bailey’s ice cream.
Grandma T then opened her cards and presents.
She was happy to receive a new necklace that has three circles. One in silver, one in gold and one in bronze. The circles on the necklace say Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.
Flat Stanley decided that Grandma T needed a new name. He started calling her “Grandma GREAT!”
When the presents were opened and the cards were read, Flat Stanley looked at the creamy melted goodness at the bottom of the dessert bowl. You know he wanted to, you know he HAD to; You know he DID!
Flat Stanley enjoyed licking the bowl clean! It was a day of fun and giggles. I hope this finds you giggling too! Please subscribe if you’d like Nana to send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted!