It’s Thursday – I Guess We’re Going to Chili’s
On Thursday evenings, we have a tradition of going out to dinner as a family. Each week we rotate which family member gets to choose the restaurant. We make a big production of it like the elimination ceremony on The Biggest Loser.
The family member whose choice it is writes down their selection on a piece of paper and puts it under cover on a platter. The ceremony begins by the selector saying a few brief words about the restaurant before revealing their choice by removing the platter cover. I always ham it up by throwing out red herrings and false clues before making my dramatic reveal. Griffin usually plays it pretty straight and predictable.
His favorite restaurant is Chili’s, and he picks it every time it is his turn to choose. A few weeks ago, the family was getting ready for our monthly trip to “pepper in some flavor”. The ceremony seemed to be just a formality. Only it went like this. Griffin walked into the room carrying his platter. Placing it on the coffee table he somberly said,
“This is my favorite restaurant. I love the Southwestern Eggrolls and the Chips and Queso. So I chose . . . APPLEBEES!”
He stood there with a big grin on his face as it sunk in that we had been had by the boy. Griffin actually played a joke on us. It would have been awesome if not for the fact that we now needed to go to Applebee’s for dinner. While the prank was fantastic, the food was not. The next time Griffin came up in the rotation, he chose Chili’s. I think missing out on his Southwestern Eggrolls for seven weeks may have turned him off from pranks and fibbing for a while.
Today is Griffin’s turn again. Guess where we are going for dinner tonight.
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