Yup, that’s what I did last night, sat with 30 teenagers at IHOP. Yes, that just happened. 30. I counted twice. And do you know how much noise 30 teenagers make? I hope you never have to find out! But seriously, it didn’t really bother me. First, my house has always been open to the kids. It is not uncommon to have half a dozen or more at a time. Second, despite the noise, they were a very polite and well-behaved group. And, they were having fun. Nothing in this world sounds better than the laughter that emanates from kids having fun.
How did I end up at IHOP at 9 pm at night with 30 teenagers? Mr. T is in theater and last night was the opening performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. He attends a brand new high school, the 3rd in our district, and it’s a beautiful place, and they only admitted Freshmen and Sophomores this first year, mainly because the district we live in is a very proud, full of traditions and supportive district. When new schools are built and the zone lines change, many parents stand in line to fill out waivers “I went here, so my child will go here.” Having said that, the theater director came over from one of the other high schools, and his students from that school have been so very supportive of the students at the new school. Several made it to the first performance, they’ve invited them to the theatre group on FB, and they introduced our kids to the opening night (or sometimes closing night) tradition of IHOP. I was out of town the last time this happened, and my dad took my place and got Mr. T there and he sat at a separate table and drank coffee. I need to call my dad and tell him thank you. Now that I know what he endured, I have a much better appreciation for what he did for me!
Here’s a snapshot I took during the performance, and one after of Mr. T and his partner in the play. Oh, and the play was awesome!