Now this was the kind of play date I could handle, even though I don't know the mom very well, because we'd be at neutral territory (the Golden Arches) and I would be there. There was no intimidation or car-line-pick-up stalking, so things were good.
After VBS, I picked up Annelise and made arrangements to meet the mom and her daughters (and another mom and her daughter that I didn't know from Adam's cat) at McD's.
Even though this picture doesn't quite capture Annelise's brimming over excitement at all, never the less, she was thrilled. Really.
McD's is not my favorite place, but their giganto air conditioned play areas can't be beat in the dog days of summer. And there are free refills.
Not only did we have lunch, Annelise got to kill two hours of the day playing with a friend, I get a teensy tiny amount of credit (from her) for allowing Annelise to have a semi-play date with a school friend. Finally.
The other phone call this morning brought with it some sad news. One of my dad's elder brothers (and of course my uncle) had been struggling with a lot of heart problems these last several months and passed away early this morning. The funeral is planned for this Friday afternoon. On a selfish note, I was hoping it would be held in the morning while Annelise was at VBS. Now Scott and I have to decide whether or not she should go with me. Part of me, you know the huge avoider/ostrich part thinks she's too young and it would be traumatic for her--if not during the service, maybe afterwards (nightmares? worry?). The other part of me knows that funerals are something that are a part of life and can be a celebration. She knew my uncle pretty well and had visited him a few times over the last few months. I think she's curious about what a funeral involves and even mentioned that she wants to go.
But I don't know.
I know it might seem silly to seek advice from my blog, but y'all have never really led me astray, so...have your children attended funerals? How old were they? How did they handle it? Should I put something like this off for as long as possible? WWMBFD? (What Would My Bloggy Friends Do?)