Dear Mom of the Cute Little Korean Boy in the Monkey Shirt at the Toddler Group Yesterday,
Wish I knew what my toddler did to get herself on your black list. I am still confused by the exchange that you had with her at the pom-pom station (those pom-poms are Sadie's fave thing to play with in the learning center, btw), pulling the box close to your chest and remarking to my twenty-three month old that "my son is still working with them". There are several thousand pom-poms, you know. Sadie doesn't understand the concept of work (and seriously - working? Did you think that you were at a Montessori group, maybe?), but she is starting to understand that everything at the toddler group is for SHARING. Also, the second time that Sadie approached you two, was it necessary to protectively put your arms out to ward her off. She just wanted to point to the adorable screen print on your equally-adorable son's tee and try to say "Monkey!" Then again, maybe you just think that your little boy just needs a lot of sheltering; I did see you spoon-feeding him watermelon at snacktime, afterall ...
~ new mom at the toddler group
Dear Lovely Countryside Hotel Where We Spent Christmas Last Year
We do have such fond memories of our stay with you last Christmas; everything was very festive, cozy, and welcoming for families. We had visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads as we made plans to return again this coming December, until we were informed that you no longer accomate families of more than three members in a single room. Thank you, though, for the lovely suggestion of upgrading to an "executive suite" (which curiously, as the same number of beds as the regular rooms do). I bet they are fabulous rooms. However, mathematics tells me that my family is over the capacity of a regular room by about 25%, which doesn't really match extra 100% that we'd have to pay to stay in one of your "executive suites", so I think that we'll be passing on your offer, and researching some family-friendlier options.
~ not-so-rich party of four
Wow, when your first tooth fell out, it did it with some fanfare, no? When I heard you screaming upstairs, I was certain that you'd dislocated a knee or broken an ankle so I was a little relieved to merely see your very tiny little tooth on the carpet and that you were otherwise okay. I was a little surprised by how much bleeding there was, though, and I suspect that was the shocking thing for you, too! Glad that the Tooth Fairy found you all the way here in Saigon!