Hayley did not stop talking the entire duration of our recent Festibond date, which I loved. At one point she admitted, “I don’t know how I got from [that subject] to this.” When I suggested to her it was a bit like natural selection and geologic time, she quickly picked up on it and explained to me the analogy. “When parents have a baby, it looks much like them. But after many generations, the babies look nothing like the original parents.” Booya! That’s my girl.
Hayley and I planned to go to dinner and a movie for our date. She wanted to eat Mexican cuisine, which is always okay with me. However, I wanted something besides On the Border for a change, so I took her to Zapoteca Restaurant in Portland’s Old Port. There weren’t many people and the service was excellent. We were seated near the kitchen, which was nice. Because I was with Hayley, the conversation never slowed. We talked about school, her friends, her sisters, Kirsten and her poor health, and many other interesting topics.
I ordered a delicious entree of enchiladas with a chocolate sauce, which seemed awful on description, but I was assured it was delicious. It was. The Jarritos Mexican Cola was likewise tasty. Hayley, too, ordered enchiladas. When her meal arrived, the enchiladas were covered in a delicious orange tomato and habanero sauce, which she did not like. I sent them back and requested new enchiladas, sans sauce. The staff kindly obliged, and brought Hayley a new, very boring plate.
It’s nearly impossible for us to settle on a movie in which we are both interested, as our tastes for them are so completely different, but we agreed to see “Rise of the Guardians.” It was cute, and well done, but a bit too “magic and faith” for me. I love to go to the movies, and it’s even more enjoyable with Hayley. While I munched on buttery popcorn, she ate popcorn and Sno-Caps.
The drive home, like the rest of our time, was filled with glorious non-stop conversation. It was a bit odd, though, since I was driving and she was passenging in the back seat. I felt a bit like her driver. Time with Hayley is ALWAYS time well spent. She is extraordinarily bright, inquisitive, funny, and cute. I love being her dad.