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No Kids Allowed October 23, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, People.
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In elegant, upscale restaurants, hushed tones and serenity are part and parcel of the package.  Children should be excluded from venues like this until they are old enough to appreciate the ambiance.

Some will argue for inclusion via rhetorical question, “if they don’t have places to practice, how will they learn what is expected in public places?”

That’s a specious argument. 

Kids can learn to eat, behave, and interact in all sorts of venues ~ church, school, museums, family friendly restaurants, shopping malls, barns, on picnics, at grandma’s house, etc.  

Children lacking in table manners need not be admitted to fine dining establishments to learn not to chew with their mouths open.  ;)

Informal, family friendly restaurants cater to kids.  They are the perfect training ground for children learning not to blow bubbles into their milk ~ just as kindergarten is a good training ground for first grade. 

When kids are well-behaved enough not to detract from the ambiance of a particular venue, they are old enough to be admitted.  Until then, they should be denied access.

Of course, using behavior as a benchmark means that some adults will, of necessity, be excluded too! 

I can live with that!  :lol:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  WP Weekly Writing Challenge ~ Mind the Gap * What do you think about kids in adult-oriented places? (Aawwa) * “There are children here somewhere . . . I can smell them. . .” (Cultural Muse) * Kids in Restaurants ~ A Server’s Point of View (Good Morning Joe) * Are Weddings a Child Free Zone (Talk About Cheesecake) * Freedom v. Safety (Resident Alien ~ Being Dutch in America) * These Are My People (Imperfect Happiness) * Mind the Gap ~ Who Sets The Table? (iRuniBreathe) * I Blame The Parents (Talk About Cheesecake)

Lemon Tree Very Pretty October 23, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.
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On Saturday, we bought a Meyer Lemon plant for the courtyard.  Yay!

We want to grow our own citrus.  Look!  It’s got 3 tiny green lemons on it!

Don’t blink . . . or you’ll miss them.  😉

To see some real beauties:  When Life Gives You Lemons (Milka Pejovic).  

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  100 Things To Do With A Meyer Lemon (Los Angeles Times)

Are you familiar with Meyer Lemons? 

The Meyer lemon became popular in the U.S. after being rediscovered by chefs such as Alice Waters at Chez Panisse during the California Cuisine revolution.   Martha Stewart has featured them in recipes, boosting their popularity.