Every Saturday morning, my 3-year-old and I visit Ponzio’s on our way home from music class. At the end of class, she knows what’s coming and cheers, “We’re going to Ponzio’s!” Our first stop is the bakery counter to pick out a cupcake for dessert. They change with the season, so it’s always a surprise to see the choices. Bunnies, spiders, reindeer - she’s tried them all. A visit to the bakery is like looking at a toy store window, but even better because she gets to eat what she sees!
Each week as I look at my menu and she draws on her placemat, I ask her what she wants to eat - though her answer is always the same: “Grilled cheese and French fries and milk and a cupcake and a pickle!” The food is great and the staff is always friendly, and to top it off she gets to take home a balloon.
We’ve been doing this since she was a year old. Back then, she sat in a high chair, drank from a sippy cup, and ate the tiny pieces of grilled cheese that I cut for her. Watching her move up to a booster seat then a regular seat, learn to drink from a big kid cup, and be able to eat the sandwich all on her own, I realize how quickly she’s growing up and I’m glad we have this time together each week.