Saturday nights as the parent of a toddler are not like Saturday nights pre-parenthood.
That much is true.
Since my husband works weekend nights at a local restaurant, weekends are Q and Mommy nights.
Sometimes this means that we go to the aquarium. Sometimes, it's the trampoline place. Sometimes it's just a night of art projects at home. But sometimes, Q likes to get good and dressed up and go out on the town for cupcakes and frozen yogurt.
No, it's not the club circuit. But I'll tell you what - it's not as much of a drag as it sounds to those who have not experienced the life-change of parenthood.
In fact, when you're out on the town with a four-year-old like Q, it can be quite a thrill ride.
The Q has many faces. She has many moods, most of them fleeting, except for joy, which is her main gear. She is a performer, a merry prankster, a magician, a wild card. She always has surprises in her proverbial pocket. She never fails to entertain.
She is, in a word, scintillating.
I am a very fortunate parent, and nights on the town with my merry prankster are nothing to sneeze at.