"No kidding! Let's finish up and get home. What do you want to do about lunch?"
"Burgers on the way? There's nothing to eat at home."
"OK. Hey, what's this? A new Mexican restaurant? Want to try it?"
"What about NJ?"
"She's not crying right at this moment. We can eat fast and get out of there."
"Hmm. Our choices are to take the fussy child home and get take-out on the way, or take the child into a restaurant and hope she can keep her cool for an hour or so, even though her mood is shifting from one extreme to the other and then back again in a matter of seconds."
"This menu looks pretty good."
"OK, let's go in!"
20 minutes later
"I dunno what's up. She acts like she's teething, but I can't feel any new teeth sprouting. You eat and I'll take her outside for a bit."
10 minutes later
"Here, let me try. We'll be right back."
8 minutes later
"Oh well. I'll take her to the car. You finish up and get mine to go."
2 minutes later
"Was everything OK?"
"Yes. We just gambled on the kid and lost."
"You never can tell with little ones."
"Oh, we had a pretty good idea."
4 hours, 2 bottles and 1 nap later, at the Arboretum's Japanese Garden:
Crying? Fussing? What the heck are you two talking about? I'm living la vida loca and loving every minute of it!