I took Mom out the other day for some fine dining at our local McDonald’s.
Truthfully, the McDonald’s in the Publix Shopping Plaza is very nice. I’m pretty sure we have been there a few other times, but Mom always marvels at how nice and contemporary-looking this eatery is.
She’s right; the place has various styles of booths and tables, flat-screen TVs on the wall, free Wi-Fi, a place for kids to play and party, etc. Plus, the café-décor really makes it all come together.
What more could Mom ask for along with her cheeseburger, fries and ice-cold Dr. Pepper? What’s that? You say you have bingo starting in a few minutes. Jackpot!
Mom was in her glory. At first, I didn’t think she would want to stay for the event. I mean, she always has emphatically stated that she doesn’t really like playing bingo, but she does like the camaraderie that goes along with the game. Now, take away her Wii Bowling, and there’s going to be trouble in the barn tonight.
So we play the first game, and Mom gets bingo before anyone else (actually, she tied with another gentleman, and they both received a prize). The second game went much like the first — Mom won again. Oh goodie, just what we need, another cookie to go along with the ice-cream cone she just polished off. I sort of indicated to her that I thought it might be time to go, but she asked if we could play one more game.
Round three, and Mom wins again. Luck be a lady tonight! OK, Mom, it’s really time to go. McDonald’s has just run out of cookies, and the children who have come to play are starting to form a coup.
I heard one of them say, “When is the old lady going to leave so someone else can win a game?” Not really, but I’ll bet they were thinking it. You have to admit, it is rare to receive a standing ovation when you leave McDonald’s.
All in all, it was a fun evening. My guess is we’ll be back for more McBingo in the near future.
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