I have to add another one after tonight.
Chip and I tried out a relatively new restaurant. I'd describe it as an upscale family restaurant — great selection on the menu from burgers to pasta to roast turkey (which Chip ordered and adored — you can't find a good turkey dinner just anywhere, he says). Lots of older people, families, teens, young adults and children.
A couple sat at a table next to our booth. They had a little girl. I can't begin to guess her age, but she was old enough to have teeth and to use a sippy cup and eat "real" food. She couldn't converse as yet, except for laughing and some quiet happy sounds. She was also cute as a bug.
That little adorable thing sat in her high chair patiently playing with a spoon until her mommy and daddy were served. Then she sat quietly eating food that her parents put on her plate. No matter what it was, the child tried it. She didn't eat all of it, but what she didn't want she left on the plate. She didn't throw it, scream, kick the table, try to climb out of the chair, etc. She picked up her sippy cup with both hands, drank, and put it down quietly. Then she would turn around to grin at me or at Chip.
She did commit one faux pas — she wanted to wipe her mouth, and not seeing a napkin nearby, she leaned over and wiped her mouth on the tablecloth. Her mother was horrified and said, "No, we don't use the tablecloth as a napkin, honey!" and handed the child a napkin, which she used. (I had to turn my head away so the child wouldn't see me laughing at that one.)
Cutie was also extremely interested in our dessert. Chip and I split an apple crisp with ice cream and the child was fascinated by it. Chip said, "Next she'll tell the waiter, 'I would like one of those, please.'"
As we left, I complimented the parents on their adorable child and the child's good manners. The parents beamed, and the mother said, "And thank you for keeping her entertained! She enjoyed being around you."
I can't remember the last time I saw such a young child with such good restaurant manners. Maybe never.