Monday, June 12, 2006

What I Did For Love (Kiss Today Good-Bye And Point Me Toward Tomorrow)

When does a pizza dinner seem more like a prison sentence?

When it's at Chuck E Cheese's.

In the throes of which, I can never help thinking of this immortal quote from the Grinch:
"...Oh the noise, noise, noise, noise! If there's one thing I hate...oh the noise, noise, noise, noise!"

Really, I don't do this grudgingly: My son is so thrilled, he's practically flying? Who on earth can resist that? Against his joy (because we generally avoid the place at almost all cost), what's a few pre-emptive Advils and a surreptitious ear-plug or two?

OK, parents (or child-involved non-parents), time to pile on. Give me something to look forward to! What things to do you do for your child (your niece or nephew/best friend's brat/whomever) that truly drives you insane, behind that perfected, pasted on smile and faux-toned, in-sympathy expressions of delight?

To be more inclusive, for those of you who don't have kids in your life, I'll expand the scope: What things, looking back, did your parents suffer through on your behalf? Could you tell then? Did you mind? Do you care now?

And a very calm, soothing evening to you.