I was about ten years old when my dad took me on a date. Well, not a date, but it was dinner in my favourite restaurant and we talked and laughed all night. Date? I guess so.
So we were at home, regular evening with the family. My dad whispers to me to follow him outside. Says we are going out. You see, my little siblings are kinda like the regular ones. They always want to tag along. Always. To prevent that, we snuck out. That and the fact that we would have to tell my ma anyway.
When we go out, we open the gate slowly and quietly, then my dad puts the car on neutral so we can push it out. We don’t lock the gate well so that our return would be equally smooth. Smart right?
When we are finally away from home, we spark the car and away we gooooooo…
My dad parks into my favourite restaurant in the world [at the time]. It was this pretty cool chinese restaurant on a quiet street. We’d even become friends with the owner over time.
I am super excited and heavily under-dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. But he doesn’t seem to mind, so I don’t either. We walk inside.
Table for two. My dad and his queen. Me.
He says, “Order anything you want.”
He knows me so well!!!
I order my favourite shrimp fried rice with beef sauce. We talk about everything and nothing. I’m even allowed to order my favourite soy milk.
It was so cool. Like my dad and I were the only two people in the world. Like in the movies… Just better. I ate till I couldn’t breath!!!
Unfortunately, the night had to end. We had to go back home.
On the way back, we were trying out excuses to give the fam if we were questioned. (My family is just a bunch of lawyers and detectives bound by blood)
In the end, we settled on acting like nothing happened. We took a walk. That’s it.
We got home safely. Thank God!
Again, opened the gate slooowwwllyyy. Then pushed the car back inside. Locked the gate and walked into the house like the innocent duo we were hoping to pass off as.
Everyone was already in snooze mode when we got home and they didn’t even care to question us. A mild blow to the ego though.
After all the careful sneaking and planning, they didn’t even have the decency to make us feel like suspects. Smh.
I was supposed to take this secret to my grave. But really, if they didn’t care then… They shouldn’t be so bothered now, right?