Don’t Clear My Plate!

I’ve been a single mother for 15 years now and I’ve really enjoyed it; however, there are times that I wonder about how others did it.

For Example:

How did other single mothers take their kid out to dinner?

I clearly remember several times that Mr. T and I went out to dinner when he was younger.  The worst part was when he had to pee.  He was too young to go by himself, so I would take him.

While that could be an adventure, that’s not the bad part.

The bad part would be when I got back to the table and our table had been cleared.  Some bus boys were really excited about doing their job!  I tried to leave signs that we were coming back… but when I refuse to leave my purse or phone behind to be stolen, well, there isn’t much left!

Most of the time our meal was either remade or comp’d.  Once, we went potty and I got back and fresh plates were already waiting on us!  The waiter didn’t stop the bus boy in time and so he went ahead and put in a fresh order for us!

I think I should invent a placard.  A plastic tent that can be tossed in the diaper bag and pulled out when you have to take your kid to the potty – “I’m coming right back! Potty break!”  Do you think it would work?  Am I the only one that ever had this issue?


26 thoughts on “Don’t Clear My Plate!

  1. *FatToFitBy40* says:

    You should have left a sign or placecard on the table! Actually leaving your napkin on the chair is supposed to be a sign you are coming back, but most people and waiters don’t know the etiquette rules anymore.

    • I think I really may have to invent that place card so that those coming behind me have an easy way to leave a note! I’ve discovered that most people don’t know the rules of etiquette, either – my friends laugh at me sometimes at our monthly girls dinners, I tend to tell them a new rule every couple of months!

  2. Just came across you blog!! This post made me smile as just recently I took my eldest son out for dinner just me and him – in the middle of dinner he needed the toilet! And I thought – what??? What happens now?! So, anyway, grabbed my handbag and took him to toilet, came back in and yip, the table had been cleared!!!

    • You can – but sometimes finding our waiter is like looking for the elusive Big Foot – you see evidence that they exist, but are never there when you look for them!

      That is what I tried to do – let the waiter know – but sometimes (especially when potty training) you don’t always have 2 minutes to spare to track down the waiter.

      Normally it is okay and nothing happens… but for those rare times, I really think we need a card to set on the table!

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