Play dates, as we all know, are a way of life. The lucky mom is the one with their kid at someone else’s house. Ah - it’s a few more hours of precious freedom and you don’t have to play after school snack bingo.


Mother: “What do you want for a snack?”

Child: “I don’t know what do we have?”

(Mother then begins to recite contents in entire pantry and refrigerator (preferably in alphabetical order) - cheese, cheeze- its, cheese nips, cheetos, cheerios, until child finally settles on something or your scream - whatever comes first.)


My daughter had invited a friend from school to come over. I got on the phone to talk to the Mom and that’s when my life entered what I like to call a "Modern Mothering" moment. The mother told me she didn’t feel comfortable with her daughter coming over to our house until she makes a “personalized visit.” Now, to be fair, a part of me gets that - sort of - but, I had meet this mother many times up at school during different volunteer “opportunities” and each of those time I was actually out of my Target sweats (or as my husband calls them - day pajamas, but that’s just because he’s jealous he can’t wear day pajama’s to work) with make up on so I’m thinking I didn’t look that scary. Point is -it wasn’t a cold call. I was, a bit taken aback, but hey whatever, come on over. We set up a time where she could “pay me a visit.”


The Visit

The house was basically clean and I had not one, but two scented candles -Glade linen breeze burning to disguise the odor of dog and guinea pig. I would have used my special occasion Yankee Candles, but I didn't want it to seem like I was trying too hard. I also, just for fun, placed a bible discreetly on the coffee table. And by discreetly, I mean it was on top on my In Style magazine, diet coke adjacent. I even made chocolate mini muffins. Okay, so they were from a 57 cent Jiffy mix from Walmart, but hey I made something. I then hide my husbands booze and pushed his big ole Costco supersized boxed wine to the back of the fridge and slid the gallon of milk and two salad dressing bottles in front of it. And yes, I groomed. I upgraded to my “dress” sweats from Kohl’s. I was like “bring it on sister.”


Well, she brought it.


My first hint that this was not going to go well was when she walked into my home with a face frozen into a smirk of perpetual superiority. I hadn't seen someone look at me like that since I showed up in a khaki skirt with navy blue knee socks at a Kappa rush party. As any good hostess would do I offered her something to eat. Perhaps some tea with one of my “homemade” mini muffins. No can do, the muffins have trans fat and the tea caffeine. Her family is a proponent of the “clean diet.” Since there is nothing in my house that doesn’t contain a trans fat and my fruit is non organic ( I think) I offer her a glass of water. Opps - my water straight from the tap and non filtered is also declined.


We then move on to the interview portion of the visit. Do I have firearms in my house? I try to make a joke that the only guns in the house are my biceps, which I thought was hilarious because my arms are so flabby the under fat swings to and fro during any kind of breeze. She didn’t even get it. This becomes awkward because I’m trying to make her get the joke by swinging my arm fat in her face. That didn’t even work. Next question - Have my husband or I ever been arrested and/or convicted of a felony? Pardon me? Do we keep liquor in the home? “For sure - lots of it, but only for medicinal purposes.”


Now I am starting to get ticked off. It’s one thing to question me about fire arms and felonies, but you start hurling judgement on my husband’s booze stash and you’ve crossed a line. I wanted to stand and shout - hey lady, I am not a crack whore! Poor naive me I thought she was just coming over for a little lookie loo chit chat to confirm that yes, her family is far superior to mine. I could have saved her the visit and shared that information over the phone. I do not have to be subjected to a duel visit from Child Protective Services and the Parole Board. Now, I have to get her out my house.


How? What will remove her from the premises, but not contribute to the after school pick up lane mom gossip. Hmm. I could take the high road. But, should I? I’ve been insulted. She didn’t even try a muffin. Don’t I deserve a little retribution? Just a little bit of fun would be okay wouldn’t it? I hear the continuous loop in my head of my husband wailing” please don’t embarrass the family.” (Like that ship hasn't sailed.) But, aspersions were cast on his liquor wouldn’t he want me to defend his love of alcoholic spirits? Oh, he would. Definitely.


I drop the bomb. “You know we lived in Nevada for four years and they have slot machines in the grocery store and prostitution is legal - even dudes being prostitutes just got legalized which I say is about time because hey, we ladies have a right to a little pay and lay, I mean play, if you know what I mean.” 1, 2, 3 seconds is all took to get her to start gagging and coughing, then she grabbed her Prada purse, hauled butt out of my front door and backed her vintage Mercedes down my driveway so fast she drove in my grass. I walked into my kitchen, stuffed about 6 mini muffins into my mouth, chugged my non organic milk straight from the carton and thought oh yeah- Nevada rocks!

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