A new chapter has begun in our familial saga! Yesterday, the K family came over for drinks and appetizers. Their son is about a year older than 19-month-old Edie. And for the first time in our collective experience as parents, we were able to sit together as grown-ups while the kids played together in the next room! We caught each other several times throughout the visit staring in amazement at the situation. Kids playing without a hovering ‘on-duty’ parent to ensure that they don’t injure themselves or others. Magical.
And in the course of this very enjoyable evening of uninterrupted conversation, Gene and the K’s were willing test subjects for my experiment with tea and spiced rum. The results were delightful and just in time for the holidays. Starting with a strong black tea blend (in this case, Notting Hill from American Tea Room), I added a shot of spiced rum (a little Captain), and a twist of lemon. A quick stir, and voila! A warm concoction to warm your heart and your belly.
This new development of being able to entertain without the sole focus of placating babies is opening a world of opportunities for the new year. Christmas came early this year!