Since I had just arrived back in Edmonton from Arizona, Sara and her three local sisters invited me and Mickey to a birthday lunch with them at Mikado's Japanese Restaurant downtown. It was a lovely place but my heart sank when we walked in the door and saw that this restaurant was one in which we had to take our shoes off and climb into a 'room' where we had to sit on the floor with our feet dangling into the open space beneath the table, Japanese style. There were a few open regular booths there too but a couple of my daughters were already settled in a room so Mickey and I looked at one another, held our breaths and tried to figure out a graceful way to get on the floor. None exists!
That's not such an easy thing for 60+ overweight grandmothers with bad knees to do. We decided to grin and bear it and if nothing else, we would provide the visual entertainment for Sara's birthday lunch! I am so glad that the little rooms had rice paper walls so we were kept from view of the other restaurant patrons!
|Not a very flattering picture but you can see how we're sitting|
on the floor with our feet dangling in the 'hole', all the time
wondering how on earth we're going to get out of there without
making a complete spectacle of ourselves.
|Me with my daughters, Emily, Sara (the birthday girl),|
Jenny and Amy.
It was a lovely get together with the girls - lots of laughs and delicious food. Never mind that the girls made fun of Mickey and me for asking for forks instead of chopsticks.
And as for getting off the floor - we discovered that it was quite a bit easier getting up than getting down. But next time we'll ask for a booth!
Happy birthday Sara.