Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Table for One

Schedules and things being what they are I found myself with a free Friday night. After watching Oliver's Little League game (he went 2 for 3 with a walk, and four RBI), I headed for Boston for dinner and a drink.

I have been to Smith and Wollensky's a couple of times in what feels like another life. I enjoyed the food, the service, and the atmosphere. Located in a former armory, Boston's Smith and Wollensky's is my favorite place on earth to get a steak. The food is fantastic, the service very good, and the bartenders know how to make a martini. I decided to go because I had unexpectedly came into a little extra money and decided that I deserved a treat. I also wanted and needed the civilized experience of eating in a fine restaurant where the waitstaff does not address the patrons as "you guys" or where the word "fixins" appears anywhere on the menu. And frankly, I wanted to be waited on.

I love my children dearly, but there are times when I think I could be on fire and their first response would be to run for marshmallows. I know I am not the only parent out there with this feeling. But I found myself wanting someone else to wait on me, to have an interest in whether my needs were met, and to eat somebody else's cooking. That I had to pay for this experience is of small consequence.

Going out to a nice restaurant by myself is something I do not typically do. I would rather spend the time and the money on my kids or have it in my pocket. However, there are times when I need to put myself first, to be by myself, so I can get a little distance to see that there are others in my life that come before me. Last night, for a few hours I put myself first, but today, as usual, there are others that I gladly, cheerfully, and thankfully put first.


  1. You're so reflective and deep...unlike myself, shallow and self-serving. lol. :)

    I love Smith & Wollenky's....I've been to the one in Manhattan many times and love the "manly" feel. In fact, the last time I went, GC (my hidden gem in NYC) and I noted that I was the only female in the joint for the two hours we spent there. Great steak, great service and it's on my top 5 list of great Steakhouses....
    BUT that's not what you were really writing about. Alone is good, but I get too much of that---4 days a month. I get ya' though. It's nice to be waited on. What about the GF? Does she wait on you...I hope so.

  2. Good for you Tom... Wish I could get some alone time lol

  3. Blondie...I am probably more self-serving than are figuring out that what I write about is not what I am really writing about...:)