We have always been fans of Chick-Fil-A, and last night that appreciation grew even more!
About a week ago I saw on Facebook that the Chick-Fil-A in Columbia Mall was going to have a Daddy Daughter Dinner night. I popped an email over to Anny and suggested that she go out with a friend of ours and I would take Abby to dinner. She agreed and I signed up! About an hour later, though, I got a phone call from their PR person asking me if I was open on the time or had one specifically in mind. I told her that I could be open on the early side, but too late and Abby might be a Crabby. She then told me that they "hoped" it would be successful, and were now down to one open spot and a wait list for everyone else. The last slot they had was at 5:30 and I took it! (Sorry other dads, I won't be around next time, you take those slots.)
I hung up and then realized that on Tuesday I had a staff retreat at work. Argh. On a normal work day I would be able to sneak out a little early to try and beat the traffic. On a retreat day I would have no control over my time. That is okay, just something I did not factor in when agreeing to a 5:30 dinner date!
As it turned out the retreat ended right on time, which was a little late for my preferred plan but not going to stop me. I flipped on the traffic. Backed up the whole way from where I was to home. It would easily take me an hour to get home, then an hour to get to Columbia. That would be 6:00. Anny and I had talked about this on Monday, though, and agreed that we could meet somewhere and swap cars. We met close to the middle, but clearly at a convenient place in Calverton, made the swap and headed our separate ways.
Abby and I got to the mall a few minutes early, or in Abby time "just right" for getting on the merry-go-round! So we did that once and headed down to the potty. We both did what we do in such a place and still ended up at Chick-Fil-A about ten minutes early. They are close to the play area, and closer to a shoe store. I mentioned that we were in the 5:30 seating and knew we were early, but I thought I would give them a heads up. They noted that a lot of the 5:30's showed up a little early. All of them, actually! The tables were ready for us, though, so we sat immediately.
Our table - in the food court remember - was set our right for a date, even down to the doily! Abby was given a long stemmed rose to celebrate, too!
I was sure to thank the PR person, whose name is escaping me. It was a fun event and gave me an excuse to take my daughter our and spend time with just her.
We went and played in the play ground for a while, Abby even found an older girl to chase for a while. It was funny, but made it hard to drag her away! The only thing that worked was the promise of a trip to the pet store (we look, don't buy). After that we went over to the merry-go-round for a final ride and then headed home.
It was fun and I look forward to more Daddy/Daughter dates in the future! Maybe next time I'll upgrade the restaurant - a stand alone Chick-Fil-A instead of the food court!