It was great. We went in, they ordered, I paid, and we sat down at a booth in the kid's area where it was quiet. The only young man in the group, whom I like to call "Socks", spilt chocolate upon himself immediately as he got trapped between two of the girls on the bench (lucky guy!). I admit, I laughed with the rest of them... then rescued the day with napkins. The conversation held was fun, light, and really enjoyable.
Some reading this who are familiar with my general schedule may think, "Wait, I thought she had Hmong Night on Tuesdays..." You're right, I did. Two Sundays ago the Muldoon Branch (small Hmong-speaking LDS congregation) missionaries checked with me to see if I would still be able to come if they switched Hmong Night to Fridays. I confirmed that it was fine but instead of accepting my answer, they were too nice for their own good and asked, "It's not going to conflict with Date Night?" Rather than cracking up laughing in the church like I wanted to, I dramatically looked left and right down the empty hallway, behind me, scouted out the ceiling, then looked straight at the elders and said quite frankly, "Who dates around here? You two aren't allowed to for the next 2 years while you're serving your missions and I've been in a pretty serious date famine for the last couple years with no end in sight. Nope, no conflict with Date Night."
I may not have been out on a date this Friday evening, but I was studying, playing, and spending time with people that I really care about. If ever someone comes around in my life who wants to restore the definition of Friday evenings to "Date Night"... well, they will have to first come to a Hmong Night and get approved by some pretty awesome teenagers, a few cool kids, a really cute toddler, 2 Mormon missionaries, and any "real" adults that may be there. Just the crazy thought of this is making me smile right now, I was joking when typing but it's actually not such a far-fetched idea. What a great screening tool!
In honor of my superior company of young friends on Friday evening who are still growing into themselves and figuring out simply what the heck is going on, I'd like to share one of my favorite "be who you are and love it" songs. The lyrics are below, and at the bottom of the blog is a music player. Go down there and click on the song called "Video" which should be number 18. Enjoy.