Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Grandma Dinners

Dinner out during a busy school year is a difficult thing to do. Lots of days there are meetings after school and for many of my friends, there are kids and husbands waiting at I came up with a solution. Grandma Dinners.

I always thought the name was self-explanatory until a friend's husband mistakenly thought that Grandma Dinners meant we were dining with my grandma. Nope. Grandma Dinners are early bird specials. We go out to dinner at 5:00, sometimes 4:30. It sounds ridiculous until you consider that many teachers eat lunch at 11:00 in the morning.

It started with one friend. We'd plan Grandma Dinners and meet every month or so and catch up. It didn't take long for it to catch on and now I enjoy many Grandma Dinners during the school year. Spending time with friends is essential for sanity, so this time is sacred.

Some of you reading this may be thinking that this is silly. You are missing out! Grandma Dinners mean we get excellent service as many restaurants are empty. Sometimes we start with dessert. There are no rules! We are considering wearing silly hats next time. (You may notice that there aren't any pictures. I never take pictures. We are all in during Grandma devices, no distractions!)

We get to enjoy each other's company and relax. Strong friendships are vital to a happy life. I take my friendships seriously. Being a good friend and having good friends makes life so much better. If you've ever seen the tv show, Parks & Rec, this may remind you of Galentine's Day.

I suggest you try it. Call a friend. Call a few. Schedule a Grandma Dinner.

Dedicated to my two amazing grandmothers, Josie and Lauretta! They are both heroes to me...

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  1. On a trip to Florida, I noted that the phrase 'early-bird dinner' is being phased out in favor of the euphemism: sunset special. I prefer your phrasing -- and purpose :)

  2. Love, love, love it!! A delightful name for a great way to keep in touch with frined!

  3. What a fabulous idea and I love the title, no devices, great service. I'm going to have to schedule one of these.

  4. I think any time spent with friends is perfect. Throw in food and it's exquisite! I love the idea of Grandma Dinners!!

  5. Grandma Dinners-love it. Yesterday, when we went to the Chihuly exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden my family went for an early bird special which was really the luncheon special. It was delicious and filled me up for the rest of the day so dinner was not needed. I like your term, Michelle.

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