Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Anniversary antics

It was our second wedding anniversary on Monday. I got a little cross with Tom because he couldn't remember whether we had been married for two or three years. I secretly couldn't remember either. To celebrate, we went to our favourite restaurant about 15 miles away, last Saturday night. It is the furthest we had travelled away from home without Betty since she was born.

We arrived at the restaurant and were taken to our table, where I tried to explain to the Polish waitress that my mobile phone didn't have a signal and if the restaurant phone rang it might be my mum wanting to speak to me about my daughter who is teething and might wake up needing me. The waitress smiled and said 'Of course' and walked off. The next thing I knew the waitress had come back with an extra chair for my mum and some toothpicks. I was too hungry to get into it further and so I just thanked her and asked for a large glass of wine. Tom laughed and told me that it would teach me to relax a bit.

We enjoyed our food, although, my scallops on a bed of sweet potato puree was little disturbing, as I have spent the last couple of months up to my ears in sweet potato purée.

During our meal I got a bit excitable and accidentally got really pissed. I was really enjoying myself and behaving in a very juvenile manner to wind Tom up, just like the old days. I was saying things like 'Oh my god, did you really go to school with Prince William?' really loudly. Tom laughed, and then cried at the incredibleness of the pork belly he was eating. Emotions were running high for both of us - it was a very poignant evening, in lots of ways.

I went to the loo and on my way there I saw a group of teenagers through the window having a cigarette outside. On my way back from the loo I made my way outside, walked up to the teenagers and asked if I could join them for a bit. I told them that I had a beautiful baby, and that I was a bit drunk. They didn't reply and just stood there looking awkward and swigging from a cider bottle. Eventually the girl handed me a cigarette, and feeling rebellious I took a drag. We then stood there in silence, me feeling completely sick from the tobacco, and them still swigging cider. To break the silence, I asked them if I could tell them a joke, but they continued to ignore me. I skulked back inside, feeling very silly. I'd forgotten for a moment that I wasn't actually a teenager myself anymore. The poor kids must have been really freaked out by a fat, thirty-something, very uncool, joke-telling woman approaching them on a Saturday night.

When I returned to the table, Tom was being quizzed by the Polish waitress about why my mum hadn’t turned up. Tom said ‘At home with baby’ and did the rocking baby motion with his arms. The woman looked utterly confused.

We finished our meal with a mountain of Welsh cheeses, and chocolate puddings, which we ate next to the big open log fire, holding hands, and talking about the amazingness of Betty Button.

11 comments:

Ladybird said...

Belated anniversary greetings!
My husband cant remember how many yrs we have married and worse, he doesnt even remember the date.

Lou said...

Happy belated Anniversary. Your celebrations sound much more romantic than ours (as you have read from my blog!!)

Our similarities/coincidences are becoming very weird!! Daughters (our first born) born on the same day, wedding anniversaries and same career path!

dulwichmum said...

Happy anniversary. What lovely parents you are, and what a lucky baby Betty is to have you both.

Sparx said...

Happy Anniversary! We can never remember how long we've been married either...

Pig in the Kitchen said...

It's such fun to accidentally get pissed, and it happens so easily with young ones, such a shock to suddenly be 'grown up' again and on your own with your husband..., Loved the surly teenagers, I too would have snuck out...did you stagger by the way? I could see you staggering!
Pigx

Stay at home dad said...

Sounds lovely... And in a year's time you might even manage not to talk about Betty at all!

jAMiE said...

Belated Happy Anniversary Elsie...here's to many, many more!

Beccers said...

Hope you had a lovely anniversary, it sounds great!

The Good Woman said...

Congratulations - firstly on the anniversary but mainly for making it to cheese without letting the conversation turn to your Betty Button!

Motheratlarge said...

Congratulations on your anniversary Elsie, and oh, how I identified with so much of your posting. Glad you enjoyed your evening - they're precious, these rare evenings out together.

DJ Kirkby said...

Oh happy anniversary! This was such a beautiful post.